An exhibition has been opened in the library about artist and writer Nína Tryggvadóttir commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of her birth. Nína was born in Seyðisfjörður 16th of March 1913 and died from cancer on June 18th 1968. Nína was first and foremost known as an artist but she also wrote and illustrated a few books for children. Nína Tryggvadóttir stayed abroad for extended periods of time, e.g. in Copenhagen, Paris, London and New York where she lived during her last years. She stayed in Reykjavík during the years 1940-1943 and became acquainted with many artists at Unuhús, among others Louisa Matthíasdóttir, who also was her companion while studying art in the United States 1943-1946. Nína´s letters to Erlendur in Unuhús written in her years of study in the U.S., many of which are quite amusingly illustrated, are preserved in the manuscript department of the library.
Nína Tryggvadóttir in her studio around 1955. Reykjavík Museum of Photography/Andrés Kolbeinsson.
Excerpt from Nína´s letter to Erlendur in Unuhús written „somewhere in Scotland“. Nína Tryggvadóttir©Una Dóra Copley/Myndstef.
Nína Tryggvadóttir©Una Dóra Copley/Myndstef.