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Painting Portrays Minister of Finance Wearing Necropants

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Painting Portrays Minister of Finance Wearing Necropants

Bjarni Benediktsson

Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

An upcoming exhibition of work by Icelandic artist Þrándur Þórarinsson features a painting of Minister of Finance and former Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson pulling on a pair of necropants, Fréttabladið reports.

Þrándur is known for incorporating dark imagery and themes from Icelandic folklore into his paintings, not least his infamous 2009 painting of the giantess Grýla caught in the act of eating an infant. The necropants referenced in the painting of Bjarni Benediktsson are a gruesome artifact from Icelandic sorcery that provide continuous wealth for the wearer.

Necropants are made from the skin of a man who has recently died. According to Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft's website: “After he has been buried you must dig up his body and flay the skin of the corpse in one piece from the waist down. As soon as you step into the pants they will stick to your own skin. A coin must be stolen from a poor widow and placed in the scrotum along with the magical sign, nábrókarstafur, written on a piece of paper. Consequently the coin will draw money into the scrotum so it will never be empty, as long as the original coin is not removed.”

Þrándur’s exhibition, entitled “Caprice,” will show at Nordatlantens Brygge in Copenhagen from May 19 – August 19. You can read more about the exhibition on the museum website here; see more of Þrándur’s images on his website here. His new painting of Bjarni Benediktsson can be seen here.

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