Icelandic art summer guide 2017 Part 1
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 16th – 23th 2017
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.
You can get to Seyðisfjörður by plne, car, ferry or bus and you can find information about that and much more at www.visitseydisfjordur.com
June 17th – Sept 24th 2017
“While borders draw divisive lines, frontiers are transition and contact zones. Diversity is always richest in areas where different ecosystems meet: This is the edge effect. An encounter never leaves one unaffected.”
The Edge Effects is an exhibition series, organized within the research project Frontiers in Retreat. The projects main focus is the intersection of visual art and ecological issues, mapping out artistic practices that respond to ecological concerns, and explored the diverse ways in which ecology can be perceived and approached. The exhibition in Skaftfell is the second of seven exhibitions opening in the series in the coming months.
Exhibiting artists : Kati Gausmann, Ráðhildur Ingadóttir, Richard Skelton
For more information about the Edge Effects exhibition series and Frontiers in Retreat: http://
July 15th – August 20th 2017
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 10th – August 27th 2017
Akureyri Art Museum now hosts for the second time an exhibition of works by artists that either live in North Iceland or have strong ties to the region. This time both the season and the exhibition space are different i.e. summer instead of autumn and due to renovations the exhibition will be set up in Ketilhús. Last January the museum called for applications to participate in the exhibition and over 100 art works were sent in. A special jury selected works by 21 artist. Five member were appointed for this jury; Almar Alfreðsson, product designer, Hlynur Hallsson, director of Akureyri Art Museum, Joris Rademaker, visual artist, Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir, art historian, and Ólöf Sigurðardóttir, director of Reykjavík Art Museum.
VERKSMIÐJAN Á HJALTEYRI
June 17th – July 1st 2017
In Hjalteri, Daniel Gustav Cramer will present five works. Each of these works portraits and abstracts a particular landscape, Carrara and the Ligurian Sea in Italy, Katherine in Australia´s Northern Territory, the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus and more. Through Daniel´s eyes the landscapes are both sculptural forms and carriers of a collective memory, uncompromisingly being in time. Daniel will exhibit text works, a film, a sound installation and an extensive site specific sculptural installation of 100 iron objects which spreads from Hjalteri along the fjord to Akureyri town.
HVERAGERÐI ART MUSEUM / LISTASAFN ÁRNESINGA
June 23rd – September 10th 2017
The art museum has two shows ongoing throughout the summer, “Sköpun sjálfsins” expressionism in Icelandic visual arts from 1915 until 1945, curated by Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir and “Óþekkt” an installation by Tinna Ottesen
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
In the wildwest of Iceland is a brilliant little town called Borgarnes with population of only around 1,900. The town is located on a hilly peninsula at the shore of Borgarfjörður. The fjord looks calm but has extreme undercurrents. It is rich with history which is still being written. 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 for the second time 2017 during the weekend of 11th –13th of August in three 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.
July 22nd – 30th 2017
Artists exhibiting at the exhibition “Ekkert jarm” at Kleifar, Blönduós are:
OLGA BERGMANN & ANNA HALLIN
The exhibition is open daily from 10:00–22:00