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Iceland theme at Germany's International Book FairIceland is this year’s guest of honor at Frankfurt, Germany’s International Book Fair on Oct. 12-16. In conjunction with the fair, several other events exploring this North Atlantic island country are planned or are under way. Three in Frankfurt that may be of interest are:

• The Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Museum for Applied Arts) is holding an exhibit called “On the Cutting Edge: Design in Iceland,” which runs through Feb. 12. It shows more than 100 works from 60 Icelandic designers in areas such as fashion, graphics, communications and industrial design.

The museum is sponsoring a design contest on its Facebook page. Participants can send a sketch or photograph of an original design (from fashion to furniture) that focuses on Iceland. The contest ends Nov. 31, with a top prize of a trip for two to Iceland. The museum website is

• The Archäologisches Museum (Archaeological Museum) is presenting the exhibition “The Age of Sagas: Stories and Discoveries from Ancient Iceland.” It focuses on dramatic stories of heroes during the Viking period written in the 13th and 14th centuries.

The exhibition of original manuscripts and objects excavated from the Viking and early Middle Ages is also supported by lectures (two in English), film adaptations of the sagas (one with English subtitles) and a concert.

The exhibition runs through Nov. 27. Find more details at

Frankfurt Art Association showThe Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt Art Association) will show “Frontier of Another Nature: Contemporary Photographic Art from Iceland” through Oct. 16. The show features artists who work with photographs and videos of Iceland’s landscape and environment. The website is

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