Icelandic Horses in Art and Design

Icelandic Horses in Art and Design

Inspiration Icelandic horses. It was a remarkable exhibition in 2013 in the Felleshus of the Nordic Embassies Berlin and later in the Kulturhaus in Berlin-Karlshorst on the occasion of the Icelandic World Championships in Berlin. The Nordic Embassies showed the Icelandic horse in the mirror of art and design. The fine and practically inspiring exhibition shows exciting exhibits from various media.

Beautifully written and informative exhibition texts gave an idea of the importance of the horse in Iceland. Photography, animated film, object art, music and fashion transport the history and the social meaning of the Icelandic horse. The exhibition as a touching mixture of art, design, craftsmanship, poetry, the relationship to nature and Icelandic showed the everyday life with those horses belonging to the country. It made you want to explore Iceland and preferably on horseback. Contemporary Icelandic artists and designers were invited to be inspired by the Icelandic horse – its grace and beauty, its diverse colours and its history – to create or present works especially for this exhibition. Tolt – the special additional gait of the Icelandic horse – is thematized and portrayed in an animated film, for example. The concept of home and the emotions associated with it are processed in a photo series, while at the same time one learns something about the history of the Icelandic horse.

As part of Iceland’s cultural identity, the Icelandic horse has always inspired artists and designers to work in a wide variety of disciplines. Icelandic artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers put it in the centre of their work as a symbol of deep closeness to nature. Even today, Icelandic horses still live in ‘semi-wild’ herds in the highlands of Iceland – they move within seemingly boundless areas in the breathtaking landscape. The animals are used in their homeland for the work with sheeps and for sports and leisure time. The horse breed is present all over the world for young and grown-up riders.

Works of Rut Sigurdardottir
Works of Rut Sigurdardottir
Works of Rut Sigurdardottir

Curator of the exhibition is the Icelandic fashion designer Ragna Fródadóttir, who lives in Berlin; Tolt shows works by 10 artists and works by 4 fashion designers in photo series. More Information on exhibition and events:

Felleshus Nordic Embassies in Berlin

The photos of the exhibition Tölt are protected by copyright and have been made available to us for publication. Title photo: (c) PferdKultur

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