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Per Kirkeby, Peary Land [detail], 1963. Courtesy of Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen.
Peary/Kirkeby: Views of Peary Land
May 29, 2013 - July 14, 2013
Arctic Museum main galleries

In the late spring of 1892 Arctic explorers Robert E. Peary and Evind Astrup made a long and difficult crossing of the northern Greenland ice cap, becoming the first Euro-Americans to visit what is now known as Peary Land. This northernmost coast of Greenland remains one of the most isolated and rarely visited places on Earth. 

Artist/geologist Per Kirkeby spent the summer of 1963 in Peary Land working as a geologist. His experiences in the stark and beautiful landscape led him to turn his attention more fully to art, sparking a long and productive career. 

To celebrate the exhibit Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculptures at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum has brought together a selection of photographs by Peary and Kirkeby illustrating these two very different men’s first encounter with this amazing landscape.

<p><b>Robert E. Peary, Navy Cliff, July 4, 1892.</b> </p>  <em>National Archives and Records Administration, College Park. 401_XPR-1981B-257.</em>
<p><b>Per Kirkeby, Peary Land, 1963.</b> </p>  <em>Courtesy of Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen.</em>