Icelandic Art Summer Guide 2018 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 15th – 22nd, 2018
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.
June 16th – September 2nd, 2018.
Sigurður Guðjónsson,Tumi Magnússon, Unnar Örn Auðarson, Þórdís Aðalsteinsdóttir & Þórdís Jóhannesdóttir. The exhibition highlights the major changes and advances that communication technology has entailed. Overload of information and increasingly fast-paced communication in the present time provokes ideas about the submarine cable – the cord that carried telephone communication for the first time in Iceland over a century ago and was connected to land in Seyðisfjörður. Curators: Aðalheiður Valgeirsdóttir and Aldís Arnardóttir
Listasafn Svavars Guðnasonar
May 18th – September 15th, 2018
The exhibition Mirroring is a dialogue between the works of two artists, Áslaug Íris Katrín Friðjónsdóttir (b. 1981) and Svavar Guðnason (b.1909 – 1988), who both employ abstract imagery in different centuries. Working with different materials, it is noteworthy to see the reflection of their response to the respective times in which they lived or live.
The works in the exhibition provide an active dialogue where the international language of material, shape, colour and structure is at the forefront. They show that abstract art is just as alive today as it was over seven decades ago, where the artist puts the subject matter at the core through thought-out shapes – thereby creating a whole world.
July 14th – August 19th, 2018
Rolling snowball is an international visual art exhibition which presents works by contemporary artists. Rolling Snowball, Djúpivogur brings together artists working across the full spectrum of disciplines, including drawing, photography, painting, sculpture and video. The exhibition continues as a joint project of the Chinese-European Art Centre (CEAC) in Xiamen, China, and the municipality of Djúpivogur.
The exhibition is held in the old fish factory, Bræðslan, in Djúpivogur.
Akureyri Art Museum
May 19th – September 16th, 2018
The ideology behind Aníta Hirlekar’s (born 1986) design evolves around the merging of craft and fashion sensibility in a characteristic way. Her designs consist of artistic color combinations and hand embroidered textile with strong focus on rich textures.
Aníta graduated with a BA degree in fashion design with a special focus on print in 2012 and with an MA degree in textile design for fashion in 2014, both from Central Saint Martins in London. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Iceland and abroad such as London and Paris Fashion Week, Espoo Museum of Modern Art in Finland and Iceland’s Museum of Design and Applied Art. Aníta was nominated for the DV Cultural Prize in 2015 and the Icelandic Design Awards 2015. Aníta received a Fashion Special Prize in the design-competition International Talent Support in Italy 2014.
Outdoors in Akureyri
April 28th – August 19th, 2018
The exhibition consists of works by 10 different artists, especially created on the occation of the 100 year anniversary of Iceland’s sovereignty. All the works will be exhibited at selected outdoor locations in the center of Akureyri. The aim is to shed a new light on the status of Iceland’s sovereignty in our times, and offer the viewers an opportunity to ponder on ideas, implementation and different perspectives regarding Iceland’s sovereignty.
Participating artists: Guðmundur Ármann Sigurjónsson, Gunnar Kr. Jónasson, Hrefna Harðardóttir, Jón Laxdal Halldórsson, Jónína Björg Helgadóttir, Karólína Baldvinsdóttir, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Rebekka Kühnis, Samúel Jóhannsson and Snorri Ásmundsson.
Guided tours with the artists will be offered during the exhibition period. The exhibition is partly funded with a grant from the 100 Years of Sovereignty Fund.
Curators: Guðrún Pálína Guðmundsdóttir and Hlynur Hallsson.
Akureyri Art Summer 2018
Akureyri Art Summer 2018 takes place from June 24th until August 24th. On the menu are concerts with pop and rock, classical music, visual Art, exhibitions, various happenings and outdoor Art. Enjoy the Akureyri Art Summer with us in person and on Facebook and Instagram! Akureyri Art Summer is an ideal platform for artists, young and old, to promote themselves.
Verksmiðjan á Hljalteyri
17 júní – 22. júlí 2018
ARCHAELOGY FOR THE ANTHROPOCENE is an exhibition with works by Ívar Brynjólfsson, Svavar Jónatansson, Þorsteinn Cameron, Pétur Thomsen and Pharoah Marsan.
The actions of man in the last centuries has had such an impact on our planet that we are now talking about a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene.
Population growth, super cities, excessive burning of fossil fuels and disruption of nature are among contributing factors to the global warming. Because of the permanent effects of man on the biosphere; the Earth’s crust, the atmosphere and the oceans, we are now talking about a new epoch the Anthropocene.
Oh, So quiet!
July 28th – September 9th, 2018
Through music, singing, recitation or simply noise, the sound of works involves relations between language, the spoken word and the ability to listen, which Roland Barthes often presented as a complex, subtle process. Artists set up sound installations which they configure and turn into places of experiences, with a song being whispered, a shout, an unbearably strident noise and some music. Other works provide scenarios for abstract sound landscapes.
INNLJÓS | INLIGHT
7.7 – 22.7 2018
INLIGHT was originally shown in the fall of 2017. The exhibition took place at the chapel and morgue of St. Josephs Chapel, Hafnarfjörður and earned Sigurður Guðjónsson the Icelandic Art Prize.
Sigurður Guðjónsson exploits the potential of time-based media to produce pieces that rhythmically engage the viewer in a synaesthetic experience, linking vision and hearing in ways that seem to extend one’s perceptual field and produce sensations never felt before.
INLIGHT is part of a series organized by the ASÍ Museum as part of the museum’s education and outreach effort for the near future. While the museum endeavours to make new gallery arrangements, its exhibitions with be held in cooperation with institutions and organizations throughout Iceland.
STAÐIR / PLACES
STAÐIR / PLACES will take place for the third time from 7th July – 31 August 2018, in southern part of westfjords. The festival opens on the 7th of July with new artworks by Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir and Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir. The show will be open during the summer 2018 with guides available online at our website: www.stadir.is as well as in local businesses around the area.
STAÐIR / PLACES is a biannual art exhibition and mobile residency in the Westfjords, Iceland that began with the aim of initiating a platform for artists to develop new work, permanent or time-based, with close connection to nature or historical and significant places. It provides artists with time and place to develop new work in a creative environment with nature in the foreground by offering time, space and the freedom to explore new ways of working. The project was created in 2014 by the artists Eva Isleifs and Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir that both live and work in Iceland.
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 third time 2018 during the weekend of 9th –12th of August.
Hveragerði Art Museum / Listasafn Árnesinga
May 19th – August 6th, 2018
The exhibition combines elements of interactivity and sensory technology allowing the viewer to initiate and experience a plethora of possibilities in combining action with effect of colour, movements and sounds. Interspersed with these interactive environments and sculptural installations are also paintings, allowing the visitor to experience the shifting aesthetic effect that occurs in the transition between traditional and technical images.