Pleasure and Functionality in LÁ Art Museum
Much good has been happening in LÁ Art Museum lately and the short trip to Hveragerði is certainly worthwhile – you can even take a bus from Reykjavík. Most recently the museum hosted Horizonic, a lovely exhibition that according to its organisers ARTnord Magazine, unfolds space through sound Art – and is a travelling exhibition devoted to Nordic Sound Art. This time the LÁ Art Museum opens its doors to “Pleasure and Functionality” – a historical and delightful insight into visual art and design in Iceland and its intertwining.
Art and Design in Iceland
July 8 – September 16, 2012
Curators: Anna Jóa and Elísabet V. Ingvarsdóttir
The exhibition Nautn og notagildi/Pleasure and Functionality brings together the works of more than 100 individuals in a dialogue whose aim is to explore the interfaces between visual art and design in Iceland. The exhibition, which spans the period from the 1910s to the present day, gives a historical overview of art and design history, and how the two have been intertwined. The form in which the exhibition is presented evokes the home environment: the home is where objects from the worlds of art and design are brought together – objects that lend a meaning to existence, which is often on the intangible boundary between pleasure and function. The exhibition focuses on that boundary – and also on the vanishing boundaries which tend to typify our own time – and seeks out that creative energy which throws off the shackles of restrictions and definitions.
In galleries 1 and 2 are examples of art and design displayed, dating from 1926 to 2006, with the emphasis on works that reflect the zeitgeist: the transformation of Icelandic society that took place through industrialisation and urban development, and trends in art and design.
On the right-hand side are examples of Modernist influence in the period 1925-1970, i.e. Functionalism in interior design, and abstract art.
The works on the left include examples of Post-Modern and other avant-garde influence in art and design between 1965 and 2006.
In galleries 1 and 2 the emphasis is on art and design in the private space, in photographs taken in Icelandic homes 1929-2000, reflecting changes in the zeitgeist.
Colour – form – material
Gallery 3 shows a dialogue between art and design, focussing on colour and form. The interpretation of form invariably reflects ideology and trends. Examples are displayed of Modernist pieces, experiments with form, machine-made, natural material, objets trouvés, and recycling. Spatial aspects are considered, e.g. how some works define their surroundings, while others blend in.
Fantasy – narrative – play
In gallery 4 the presentation of the works is based upon a dialogue between design and art, with the emphasis on the narrative. Examples of works are exhibited which have overtones of playfulness or fantasy, or evoke memory, heritage, or material connection. The question is posed: what defines the boundary between art and design? Especially in the context of such concepts as uniqueness and mass-production.
The exhibiton is on view until September 16
LÁ Art Museum
810 Hveragerði, Iceland