Art around Iceland | Summer Guide
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.
14.06 – 20.06 2019
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.
Cheryl Donegan & Dieter Roth
18.06 – 01.09 2019
Cheryl Donegan & Dieter Roth will be presented in Skaftfell’s main gallery, an exhibition which considers Dieter Roth as an artist and publisher of books alongside the printed textiles and paintings of New York-based artist Cheryl Donegan.
Houses of Seyðisfjörður, winter 1988 – summer 1995 – Dieter Roth
“Húsin á Seyðisfirði, vetur 1988 – sumar 1995″ [Houses of Seyðisfjörður, winter 1988 – summer 1995] is an installation of over 800 slides across six projectors that documents every house and building in Seyðisfjörður. The slides were taken by Dieter Roth in the winter of 1988 and then again in the summer of 1995.
29.06 – 15.07 2019
Selma Hreggviðsdóttir & Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir
The artists who have made this exhibition for us have spent time observing, experimenting, recording, investigating, as scientists, conservators or explorers. The works we have in this show are not only things the artists made, but also objects, images, and sound that fall into categories like we heard, they found, or he noticed.
13.06 – 18.08 2019
Axis Art project – Eva Ísleifs – Eygló Harðardóttir – Guðrún Benónýsdóttir – Halldór Ásgeirsson – Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir – Jin Jing – Jos Houweling – Kjartan Ari Pétursson – Kristján Guðmundsson – Lilja Birgisdóttir – Liu Yuanyuan – Luuk Schröder – Marianne Lammersen – Marjan Teeuwen – Meiya Lin – Nanda Runge – Nick Renshaw – Örn Alexander Ámundason – Rakel McMahon – Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson – Twan Janssen – Una Margrét Árnadóttir – Yan Jian.
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.
Talk to Me!
01.06 – 22.09 2019
Andris Breže – Arturs Bērziņš – Dace Džeriņa – Ģirts Muižnieks – Ieva Epnere – Inga Meldere – Katrīna Neiburga – Kaspars Podnieks – Krišs Salmanis – Kristaps Epners – Kristaps Ģelzis – Leonards Laganovskis – Maija Kurševa – Mārtiņš Ratniks – Raitis Šmits – Rasa Šmite – Vija Celmiņš – Vilnis Zābers – Zenta Dzividzinska.
Curated by Astrida Rogule & Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir.
Exhibited in Akureyri Art Museum this summer, Latvian contemporary art from the Latvian National Museum of Art. Insisting on the fact that freedom is essentially based on relations, Latvian artists are questioning their identity and searching for a livable future. The exhibition Talaðu við mig! / Runā ar mani! / Talk to Me! implies that the contemporary art museum can act as a stage where dialectics of intimacy and political memory can be reinforced in order to elucidate the enigmas of our futures.
How´s It Going / Comment Ça Va? After Godard
15.06 – 28.07 2019
Éric Baudelaire – Louidgi Beltrame – Wang Bing – Parfait Kaboré – Safia Benhaïm – Nicolas Boone – Lamine Ammar Khodja – Lech Kowalski – Allan Sekula – Mariz Voignier – Jean-Luc Godard – Marie Voignier
Curated by Pascale Cassagnau & Gústav Geir Bollason
The Comment ça va? D’après Godard project and programme draws on the eponymous 1978 film by Jean-Luc Godard (“How’s It Going?”) to showcase documentaries and informational films that demonstrate an ability to transcend time and capture the essence of truth and reality, not as a means to an end, but rather as tools and resources that forge a path, undertake a journey through a complex political landscape. All the works here are elaborated as virtual meta-essay on the communication process.
22.6 – 22.8 2019
Peter Schmidt – 22.06 – 04.07
Svava Skúladóttir – 07.07 – 18.07
Ingólfur Arnarsson – 20.07 – 01.08
Karin Sander – 03.08 – 13.08
Ragna Róbertsdóttir 14.08 – 22.08
Curated by Gavin Morrison.
Ferocious Glitter is a series of five two week exhibitions at Gallerí Úthverfa / Outvert Art Space in Ísafjörður. The five artists chosen all have some connections to the town and its cultural history.
01.06 – 31.08 2019
The Factory art exhibition will be held in the old fish factory in Djúpavík from June 1 to August 31, 2019. The focal point of the group show is to explore the artists’ personal relation to, and perception of, Iceland. As a multidisciplinary exhibit, The Factory showcases a multitude of visual arts, including but not limited to: textiles, sculptures, paintings, photography, video, sound and art installations. This fosters a diverse and dynamic show, welcoming a broad audience. Contrasts will merge and unify inside of the old factory. Thus, works will reference the spatial and environmental perception of Djúpavík and of Iceland as a whole.
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.
Aðalheiður Valgeirsdóttir · Anna Eyjólfs · Anna Gunnlaugsdóttir · Anna G. Torfadóttir · Arnaldur Máni · Árni Páll Jóhannsson · Ásdís Arnardóttir · Áslaug Sigvaldadóttir · Ásta Sigurðardóttir · Bjarni Þórarinsson · Björn Roth · Dieter Roth · Dóra Kristín Halldórsdóttir · Edda Þórey Kristfinnsdóttir · Elsa Dórothea Gísladóttir · Elva Hreiðarsdóttir · Erró · Freyja Eilíf · Guðrún Vera Hjartardóttir · Gunnar Jónsson · Harpa Árnadóttir · Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson · Hildur Margrétardóttir · Hjördís Halla Eyþórsdóttir · Hulda Hreindal Sigurðardóttir · Inga Sigga Ragnarsdóttir · Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir · Ísak Snorri Marvinsson · John Zurier · Jóhanna Hreinsdóttir · Jón Sigurpálsson · Jón Þorsteinsson · Karna Sigurðardóttir · Katrín Agnes Klar · Katrín Lilja Kristinsdóttir · Kestutis Musteikis · Kristján Guðmundsson · Logi Bjarnason · Lúðvík Karlsson – Liston · Magdalena Margrét Kjartansdóttir · Magnús Sigurðarson · Margrét H. Blöndal · Margrét Jónsdóttir · Margrét Elfa Ólafsdóttir · Megas · Níels Hafstein · Nina Hubbs Zurier · Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttir · Peter Lang · Ragnar Kjartansson · Ragnar Kjartansson, senior · Ragnhildur Ágústsdóttir · Ragnhildur Stefánsdóttir · Ragnhildur Lára Weisshappel · Rakel Steinarsdóttir · Rannveig Jónsdóttir · Rósa Njálsdóttir · Rúrí · Sigríður Björnsdóttir · Sigurborg Stefánsdóttir · Sigurður Guðmundsson · Sjøfn Har · Sólrún Halldórsdóttir · Steingerður Jóhannsdóttir · Steingrímur Eyfjörð · Þóra Karlsdóttir · Þórdís Alda Sigurðardóttir · Þórður Halldórsson frá Dagverðará · Þórunn Björnsdóttir · Þuríður Sigurðardóttir · Æsa Björk
Nr. 3 Umhverfing in Snæfellsnes peninsula is the most recent art exhibition of the art project Umhverfing, organized by the Academy of the Senses. The project travels around the country. At each location, there is arranged an art exhibition with the works of artists that trace their roots to the district in one way or another. The exhibitions make use of alternative spaces that are neither built nor intended for art exhibitions. In this way, they are creating new and exciting relations between the surroundings and the artworks.
This time the exhibition hosts artworks by seventy-one artists. Some of the artists have made new works especially for the exhibition, and some of the artworks have previously been at exhibitions abroad but are now being premiered in Iceland.
The exhibition is divided between 16 location-centers around the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
Nr. 3 Umhverfing is organized in cooperation with the Academy of the Senses and the Snæfellsnes Regional Park (Svæðisgarður Snæfellsnes). The curators are the artists Anna Eyjólfs, Ragnhildur Stefánsdóttir and Þórdís Alda Sigurðardóttir.
Here you can find a Google Maps link to all the locations.
09.08 – 11.08 2019
Plan-B Art Festival is the first art festival of its kind in the West of Iceland where attention is directed towards contemporary art and the conversation between mixed media. The festival will be held for the 4th time in 2019.
The Gift to the people
14.06 – 15.09 2019
Curated by Kristín G. Guðnadóttir
The gift to the people is a collaborative project between ASÍ Art Museum and LÁ Art Museum. The exhibition includes many pearls of the Icelandic art history for example one of Kjarval’s best-known work Mountain Milk along with works by the pioneers Ásgrímur Jónsson, Þórarinn B. Þorláksson, Nína Tryggvadóttir, Svavar Guðnason, Þorvald Skúlason and more.
Patterns of the Family – Erla S. Haraldsdóttir
31.05 – 18.08 2019
Erla S. exhibits new works, paintings and lithograph prints inspired by family history and memories. She finds connections to her family-based works in abstract patterns created by the Ndbele people, patterns that Erla S. explored while staying in an artist residency in South Africa.
02.06 – 02.10 2019
Hildur Steinþórsdóttir & Rúna Thors
Curated by Hanna Dís Whitehead
The exhibition includes works by Svavar Guðnason, Hildur Steinþórsdóttir and Rúna Thors.
02.08 – 03.08 2019
An Artist in Residence Exhibition will be held on the first weekend of August.
Daniel Perez – Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttir – Kate Tatsumi – Ólöf Bóadóttir – Zuzu Knew – Sigrún Gyða Sveinsdóttir – Hrefna Hörn Leifsdóttir & Philip Poppek – Seasn O’Brien