Culture in Iceland this summer | Part I
Welcome to our annual summer culture guide! Going on a road-trip this summer around Iceland? Look no further, we have everything that’s happening through the rest of the summer covered below. For our first part, let’s take a peek at what’s happening outside of Reykjavík.
July 10th – 17th 2016
Held in Seyðisfjörður in the Eastern part of Iceland, Lunga is a week long workshop based international art festival for young people. Aimed at young people from the age of 16 to 25, where they can participate in workshops and explore various media within the arts, filled with concerts and events.
SKAFTFELL ART CENTER
June 4th – September 18th 2016
Hyperborea was described by the Greek poet Pindar as a mythical land that lay beyond the Borea north wind. It was idyllic; the sun shone twenty-four hours a day, and the inhabitants were said to live to the age of one thousand in complete happiness. The basis for this unreal place draws from real northern lands, and through an exhibition and a series of performances and screenings, the artists in The Assembly of the Hyperboreans relate to the north and the ways in which stories change and shift in their telling. Places and myths are created in the meetings of traditional oral cultures with contemporary performances.
July 2nd – August 21st 2016
An international contemporary art exhibition in Djúpavogur, displaying some of Iceland’s most active and established artists. The exhibition is the initiative of the Chinese European Art Center in China and the municipality of Djúpivogur. Open every day from 11am – 4 pm. Free entrance.
AKUREYRI ART MUSEUM
June 11th – August 21st 2016
Conspiracy of Pleasure: The focal point of this exhibition is the various laws and manifestations of pleasure. The artists approach the concept, each from their own perspective and premises; open up a dialogue on the role of pleasure in a philosophical, artistic, and worldly context. The works display obsessive manifestations of modern consumerism and sex life, the flesh in art, the human body as a symbolic phenomenon and inspiration, or simply the primitive pleasure which often accompanies art creation during the struggle with material and texture, compulsions and fetishes.
SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL
July 16th – August 27th 2016
Summer Arts Festival 2016 is an ideal platform for artists, young and old, to promote themselves. With over 30 confirmed events already, the full program can be seen here.
July 16th – August 1st 2016
French artist and filmmaker Pierre Coulibeuf says of his exhibition ‘The world is an enigma'; “This is experimentation, the confrontation of the fixed image with the image in motion, the photograph and cinema. For me, the problem is always the same: it is in this idea of passage—going from one discipline to another, from one protocol to another, from one vision to another… What was the project? Reconstructing, by means of a film fiction, the chain of mental images triggered by the photographer’s images.” Open every day from 2pm – 5pm.
FJÚK ARTS CENTRE
Ongoing exhibition program, currently displaying this month’s artists in residence.
May 14th – August 1st 2016
The art museum has two shows ongoing throughout the summer, Tíma- tal by Rúrí and Tíð/Hvörf by Pétur Thomsen, both reflecting on measurement of time in relation to its’ mark on life, nature and the sun.
RONI HORN: LIBRARY OF WATER
LIBRARY OF WATER is a long-term project conceived by Roni Horn for a former library in the coastal town of Stykkishólmur in Iceland. The building stands on a promontory overlooking the ocean and the town, and houses three related collections – of water, words and weather reports – which reflect Roni Horn’s intimate involvement with the singular geography, geology, climate and culture of Iceland.
PLAN B ART FESTIVAL
Plan-B is the first art festival of its kind in the West of Iceland where attention will be directed towards contemporary art and a conversation between mixed media. The festival will be held during the weekend of 12th –14th of August in four venues in the town of Borgarnes and a one night event at Studio Mjólk, a charming old cowshed right outside of town where performances and sound installations will be exhibited.