The Art of Volcanoes (Museums in Strange Places S01 E21)

What would it look like if Indiana Jones was into volcanoes and created a museum in a small Icelandic village? The Volcano Museum in Stykkishólmur displays the art and geological specimens collected by volcanologist HaralðurSigurðsson from around the world during his many decades of exploration and research. I speak to museum manager, Filip Polách—a Czech photographer who…

Finding Iceland’s Hidden Women (Museums in Strange Places S01 E13)

In this special episode about women’s history in Iceland, I visit the Women’s History Archive at the National and University Library of Iceland (Kvennasögusafn Íslands) to speak to Rakel Adolphsdóttir about collecting women’s history in Iceland and hunting for the women hidden in Iceland’s archival collection. I also chat with Íris Ellenberger and Ásta Kristín…

Community-Centered Contemporary Art in the Heart of Hafnarfjörður (Museums in Strange Places S01 E08)

How does a contemporary art institution– places that are notoriously elitist–provide a thriving cultural center in a town’s that on the periphery of Iceland and the world? The Hafnarborg Centre of Culture and Fine Art is a contemporary art gallery and collection in the heart of downtown Hafnarfjörður, an old port town ten kilometers south…