Exhibition of illustrations by Luboš Drtina to the Czech translation of Saami Myths and Fairy Tales
17.10.2012 / 11:59
On 16 October 2012, the Secretary of the Czech Embassy in Oslo, Jitka Jirásková, together with the Czech ambassador to Denmark, Zdeněk Lyčka, opened an exhibition of illustrations by Luboš Drtina to the Czech translation of "Saami Myths and Fairy Tales" (Argo, 2006).
Exhibition of illustrations by Luboš Drtina in the Saami House in Oslo
Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka´s opening speech
The exhibition was launched with professional introductory notes by Zdeněk Lyčka who together with Viola Lyčková made a Czech translation of the Norwegian four-part book Saami Myths and Fairy Tales by Just Knut Qvigstad.
During his long life, J. K. Qvigstad (1853-1957) collected lots of myths, legends and fairy-tales from Lapland and published them in the Saami language together with a parallel Norwegian translation. In 1997 Religionist Brita Pollan published a language corrected Norwegian version under the title The Saami Tell the Stories. This book became the basic material for the Czech translation.
Opening of the new premises of the Saami House in Oslo
The exhibition opening was organized on the occasion of the opening the new Saami centre in Oslo. At the opening there were around 80 guests including representants of the Saami and Norwegian political scene, members of the Saami Parliament but also many Saamis living in Oslo and different Norwegian regions. During the opening the guests had an opportunity to taste Czech beer.
The Director of the Saami House in Oslo, Ann Finbog, and Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka
From the left: A member of the Saami Parliament in Karasjok, Ambassador Z. Lyčka and Embassy Secretary J. Jirásková
Illustrator Luboš Drtina (* 1963) teaches at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. He has received many prices for his drawings and graphic revision of text in the Czech Republic and abroad. The exhibition of his illustrations to the book Saami Myths and Fairy Tales was presented for the first time in May 2012 in Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands as part of the project Czech Days in the Faroe Islands. After visiting the Saami House in Oslo the exhibition will continue its travel around Norway.