Icelandic Art Summer Guide 2017 Part II
Now that you’ve checked out where to go on your road trip here, let’s have a look at what’s going on in the capital area. There’s a ton of exciting cultural options for you to check out, should you decide a stay-cation is more your style. Just keep reading below.
THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ICELAND
Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, Nervescape VII
May 27th – October 22nd 2017
Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (b. 1969), also known as Shoplifter, is an Icelandic artist based in New York. For the past 15 years Arnardóttir has explored extensively the use and symbolic nature of hair and its visual and artistic potential. Her art addresses the history of our obsession with hair and how it is an ongoing manifestation of creativity in contemporary culture, tackling notions that border on obsession or fetish. Arnardóttir´s body of work largely consists of sculptures, site-specific installations and wall murals, that take on themes of vanity, self-image, fashion, beauty and popular myth. Her work is anchored in her fascination with pop culture and mass production as well as folk art, naivism and handcraft, which continue to strongly influence her creative process.
Photo: Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir – Shoplifter, Nervescape VII, 2017, The National Gallery of Iceland.
Pablo Picasso in the collection of the National Gallery of Iceland; Jacqueline With a Yellow Ribbon – Jacqueline au Ruban Jaune (1962)
The National Gallery of Iceland invites visitors to experience the work of Pablo Picasso, the most famous artist of the 20 th century, while getting acquainted with the art of the Spanish master and the history of the work through text and video.
Mars 4th – August 20th 2017
Steina (Steinunn Briem Bjarnadóttir Vasulka, b. 1940) is an Icelandic visual artist, and an international pioneer of video art. She started her career as a violinist, studying in Prague in 1959–1964. There she met her husband to be, Woody Vasulka (b. 1937), an engineer and filmmaker, and together they moved to New York in 1965. Discovering the new handheld Sony Portapak in 1969, they worked together on the emerging medium of video.
REYKJAVIK ART MUSEUM
Ragnar Kjartansson: God, I Feel So Bad
June 3rd – September 24 2017
After a successful series of international appearances in recent years, including major survey exhibitions on both sides of the Atlantic, Ragnar Kjartansson opens his first museum show in his homeland, Iceland. One might not expect such a title as God, I Feel So Bad at this point in the artist’s career. However, Kjartansson speaks for himself and the audience, as he acknowledges art’s ever persuasive allure. This is manifested in the opening work in the first of three durational performaces. To Music, 2012, is based on Schober’s romantic poetry that suggests that art may transport us all into a better world ”when life’s mad tumult wraps around me.”
Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval – Ongoing.
Kjarvalsstaðir is a space where the art of Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval, in whose honour it is named, has been presented in diverse ways since it opened in 1973. In that time extensive research has been carried out on his art and his important place in Icelandic art history.
April 30th – September 17th 2017
The exhibition spans the whole career of Louisa Matthíasdóttir (1917-2000), paintings oftend described by their clear light and brilliant color. She was true to painting Icelandic landscapes, although she spent most of her life away from Iceland, she painted scenes from Reykjavík, still lifes frome her own kitchen, and also many portraits of her family and herself.
– Museum of Ásmundur Sveinsson
Retrospective on the works of Ásmundur Sveinsson.
May 20th – December 31st 2017
The sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson was born in 1893 and died nearly ninety years later, in 1982. He lived through some of the most intense times of history; he was born into the poverty of the of an agrarian colony, with most of the population was striving subsistence farming, but when he died Icelanders had become one of the richest nations of the world, and the country had long ago become a republic with active democracy.
THE LIVING ART MUSEUM
– Marshall house
Happy People – A smoking lounge by Arnar Ásgeirsson
June 24th – July 30th 2017
We welcome you to Happy People – A smoking lounge offering a selection of objects and artwork that have been chosen and created for you to interact with.
Mysterious sculptures have been inserted into funky pipes for you to smoke, consume and inhale fruity flavors. This smoking experience is an attempt for new ways to experience art.
KLING & BANG
– Marshall house
Hulda Vilhjálmsdóttir, Valbrá
June 24th – August 13th 2017
Ocean ocean there power lies
seaweed grows there red and green
a pearl is growing inside of me
Þorgerður Þórhallsdóttir, Choreographic poem for orchestra
June 24th – August 13th 2017
Swirling clouds afford glimpses, through rifts, of waltzing couples. The clouds scatter little by little; one can distinguish an immense hall with a whirling crowd. The scene grows progressively brighter. The light of the chandeliers bursts forth at the fortissimo. An imperial court, about 1855.
Maurice Ravel, 1920
STUDIO ÓLAFUR ELÍASSON
– Marshall house
Ólafur Elíasson’s new satellite studio in Iceland is open to the public at the Marshall house located in the Grandi area. It is a home to a collection of artwork by the artist.
Alicja Kwade, A Trillionth of a Second
June 22nd –August 12th 2017
An unimaginable unit of time marks that moment in which we can detect the first traces of the Universe: gravity was created in the first trillionth of a second following the Big Bang, and out of this, matter. Our understanding of this is the starting point for Alicja Kwade’s exhibition A TRILLIONTH OF A SECOND.
Steina & Woody Vasulka
May 11th – August 4th 2017
It is not easy to encompass the career of Steina and Woody Vasulka and boil it down to few lines, as extensive and varied as their field has been for more than fifty years from when they started their collaboration in the domaine of the video. It was precisely in the mid-sixties when the Japanese firm Sony launched its Portapak unit, the first camera recorder to be carried and controlled by one person although the the video recorder had to be carried separately in a bag on the shoulder. This unit, now considered uncomfortable and primitive, immediately created a flux of experiments with a medium, which started living its own life independent from the cinematic camera and the film. Although the video did not offer colour in the beginning it possessed various advantages over the motion picture, which attracted the film-maker and the hydraulic engineer Bohuslav Woody Vasulka, or Tímóteus Pétursson as he chose to call himself when accorded Icelandic citizenship in the late sixties.
Davíð Örn Halldórsson, River und Bátur
July 5th – August 12th 2017
The exibition title refers to the fleeting existence of an artist who needs to either paddle along or sink. Both equally viable options. Halldórsson’s exhibition in Hverfisgallerí consists of a colorful installation presented in patterned, at times psychedelic, mixed-media works of which reflect a variety of influences including graffiti, organic structures, textiles and collage. Each piece involves intertwined forms and colors, sometimes narrative, but always fantastically odd and mysterious. As his works are often painted directly onto wood panels, at times even moving from canvas to the gallery wall like a seamless floating dreamscape, Halldórsson’s style is as intricate as it is frenzied.
Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir, Theresa Himmer & Emily Weiner, The In, With and Between Us
June 3rd – August 20th 2017
The exhibition The In, With and Between Us invites Gerður Helgadóttir (IS, 1928-75) into an ongoing conversation between Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir (IS), Theresa Himmer (DK/IS) and Emily Weiner (NY), that started when the three artists were fellow MFA students at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2011. Their research-based conversation around non-linear readings of place and time, language and translation took on a practical dimension in the fall of 2015, when they reunited to transform their shared research into the exhibition Speak Nearby at Soloway in Brooklyn, New York.
- HAFNARFJÖRÐUR ART MUSEUM
Einar Falur Ingólfsson, Land Seen – Following in the Footsteps of Johannes Larsen
May 27 – August 20 2017
“For three years, from 2014 to 2016, the Danish artist Johannes Larsen (1867–1961) was my guide while travelling around and photographing Iceland. Larsen was in Iceland during the summers of 1927 and 1930 and made over 300 drawings of sites mentioned in the Sagas of the Icelanders for a three-volume edition of the sagas published by the Danish press Gyldendal between 1930 and 1932. Almost ninety years later, I followed in Larsen’s footsteps, working with a large sheet film camera in many of the same places he visited.” Einar Falur Ingólfsson.
Sara Gunnarsdóttir and Una Lorenzen, All is dead without dreams.
May 27 – August 20 2017
The drawing is the starting point of All is dead without dreams, an exhibition by Sara Gunnarsdóttir and Una Lorenzen. The exhibition derives its name from a poem by Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness, and is an allusion to the world of imagination an artist possesses and seeks their inspiration in.
Einar Örn Benediktsson, Simple
Ongoing from July 6th 2017
Summer exhibition June – August 2017
Zing Zam Blunder, group show curated by Brian Scott Campbell.
June 23 – July 23 2017
Zing Zam Blunder is an exhibition curated by US artist Brian Scott Campbell, and features diverse drawings and works on paper from over 25 twenty five artists form the USA and Iceland.
WIND & WEATHER
Rakel Gunnarsdóttir, Mutations of Altered Tongue
July 1st – August 28th 2017
PORT PROJECT SPACE
June 16 – July 16 2017
Megan Auður, No matter what the soul is made of it must be the same.
July 27 – August 1 2017
Welcome to the exhibition No matter what… from the 27th of July st 17:00 in EkkiSens, the basement of Bergstaðastræti 25B. Megan Auður studies multimedia fine arts in Hogeschool voor de kunsten in Utrecht. The exhibition is the results of her research of the age old theme within fine art, Memento mori. In the exhibition she looks at and tries to understand death , the soul and what awaits us all.
More detailed info for adresses and opening hours in the Icelandic Art Manual