Debuting August 1 at Elverhøj Museum of History and Art is “Traditions on the Edge,” a new art exhibition featuring photographs of Myanmar and Mongolia by Richard Lindekens. From the elaborately inked faces of the Chin women of Burma to nomadic Kazakhs and the symbiosis between hunters on horseback and their majestic raptors, Lindekens’ stunning photographs capture these wonderfully unique cultures and centuries of tradition.
The public is invited to meet the photographer and celebrate at the opening reception on Saturday August 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. Light appetizers and beverages will be served. There is no charge for admission.
At the young age of 16, Lindekens harnessed the skills of a pilot and was captivated by “the view from up there.” He flew medivac helicopters in Vietnam and went on to private corporate and eventual commercial airline piloting. His work took him to many foreign locations including Southeast Asia and China where he piloted one of the first three planes to enter after Nixon opened relations to the country in 1972.
Now retired from flying, Lindekens continues to call on his inspiration in the possibilities of adventurous travel. Captivated with cultures he visited during his military service and in 40 plus years of being a pilot, his innate curiosity led him to remote points along the map where he always made time to interview the local people he met along the way. The friendships made while traveling around the world created a special network of interpreters and guides that eventually helped him to photograph the people and traditions of Mongolia and Myanmar beginning in 2008.
“You don’t just fly into Mongolia” says Lindekens, who knows that a trip to reach the Altai Mountains to photograph the eagle hunters means enduring long flights on “old puddle jumper” aircraft, days of driving across the Gobi Desert (sometimes traversing by camel), electric bus rides, rented river taxis and back-breaking 6-hour trips along mountainous dirt roads in Russian Jeeps. “In the villages this is really where rapid modernization threatens their identity and way of life,” he states.
Elverhøj Museum of History and Art is on the move with pop up galleries in two locations around the town of Solvang. The displays, called “Elverhøj Around Town,” occupies space at these Solvang businesses: Montecito Bank and Trust, 591 Alamo Pintado Road, and Landsby Inn, 1576 Mission Drive.
Elverhøj Museum of History & Art invites visitors to learn more about Scandinavian ancestors of long ago. The new Vikings! display includes stone age Danish tools, replica pieces, and weapons. Informative text and photographs tell of the Vikings’ role in history and in popular culture. For younger explorers, there is a hands-on display table and handouts about the Viking runic “alphabet.”
“Viking” is a term used by modern scholars to refer to the Nordic-speaking peoples from southern Scandinavia who raided, traded and settled in Europe and the British Isles roughly between A.D. 793-1066. In addition to being the fierce warriors of popular stereotype, Vikings were sailors, shipbuilders, farmers, master artists, craftsmen, shrewd businessmen, and fearless explorers. Their activities stimulated political changes in Europe and Russia; created lasting new societies in Iceland and Greenland; and led to the discovery of North America 500 years before Columbus.
The museum has had the opportunity to add new artifacts to the existing collection. These items include a Viking era sword, an ornamental replica axe, and jewelry.
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SOLVANG ROOM EXHIBIT
People have shared their personal photo albums, scrapbooks, and stories with us. Organizations have donated information about themselves. Other museums have generously assisted. A UCSB intern and a Cal State researcher contributed some expertise. Even the Danish embassy got involved and furnished photos of Denmark’s royal family.
The Elverhøj Museum of History and Art encourages art exhibition proposal submissions from individual artists and artist groups. The guidelines are intended to help expedite the review of these submissions by insuring that each proposal is as complete as possible. Proposals for exhibitions at the Elverhøj must include both written and visual components.
A copy of the artist proposal guidelines is available for download.