Greinasafni: Icelandic Times einnig undir: Söfn
National Museum of Iceland: The Kitchenware revolution on display
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Although just over a year has passed since Icelanders revolted against the then ruling government by banging on pots and kettles outside the parliament house, The National Museum of Iceland has already opened an exhibition displaying various artifacts from the period.

When Iceland‘s banking system came crashing down in late 2008 Iceland‘s citizens took to the streets armed with kitchen utensils which later supplied the revolution with its name – The Kitchenware Revolution. The protests were heated and soon escalated to conflicts with the police and burning of public property. Although successful to the extent that the residing government  was overthrown many Icelanders differin opinion regarding the protests. 

Tear gas and peace ribbons
According to Helga Vollertsen, from the National Museum of Iceland, the exhibition does not seek to decree on whether the protests were righteous or not, but rather to portray the dividing opinions. „We are now in the process of collecting items from the protests because we fear valuable historical evidence might otherwise be lost. So far we have received a wide range of  donations from participants in the protests. But we are also asking if there are perspectives which are not represented in the exhibition – if the story is fully told. We have a large roll of paper on which visitors are free to express their views of the period. It has been very interesting to see that in some cases dialogues are formed where one party claims the protests were the greatest thing that could have happened and the other expresses shame and resentment towards the protesters,“ says Helga.

Among the items on display are orange pieces of cloth which some of the protesters donned to object to violence against police officers, empty tear gas capsules, police uniforms and shields with paint splattered over them, various protests signs and of course pots, ladles and metal candy containers beaten to shreds.

Knitting nation
Among other exhibitions is Embroidery of Life which displays the works of Guðrún Guðmundsdóttir which were inspired by Old Icelandic manuscripts from the 15th century. The exhibition consists mostly of extremely detailed tapestries some of which Guðrún labored over for up to a decade. The museum will simultaneously exhibit Icelandic textile works from the 17th, 18th and 19th century, which partly inspired Guðrún in her works. Helga says that since Iceland has been  ediscovering knitting and sewing and their cultural legacy in recent years these exhibitions come up at exactly the right time. Then there is of course the permanent exhibition Making of a Nation - Heritage and History in Iceland, which is intended to provide insight into the history of the Icelandic nation from the Settlement to the present day.


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