by Ana Bruno
Scandinavian Pain & Other Myths
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
November the 3rd, 2018 – April 14th, 2019
Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain & Other Myths
triggers multi-sensory aspects of the Icelandic artist’s practice through text, painting, performance, and song. This focused exhibition will enlighten visitors to recurring themes in Kjartansson’s work such as identity, melancholia, repetition, and popular culture. Referencing everything from Edvard Munch to the musical super group ABBA, Scandinavian Pain and Other Myths
will introduce Phoenix audiences to one of the most creative and engaging contemporary artists working today.
Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain & Other Myths is made possible through the generosity of The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation. The exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and curated by Gilbert Vicario, the Selig Family Chief Curator.
About the artist
Ragnar Kjartansson draws on the entire arc of art in his performative practice. The history of film, music, theatre, visual culture and literature find their way into his video installations, durational performances, drawing and painting. Pretending and staging become key tools in the artist’s attempt to convey sincere emotion and offer a genuine experience to the audience.
Kjartansson (b. 1976) lives and works in Reykjavík. The artist has had solo exhibitions at the Reykjavík Art Museum, the Barbican Centre, London, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Park, Washington D.C., the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, the New Museum, New York, the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, the Frankfurter Kunstverein, and the BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna. Kjartansson participated in The Encyclopedic Palace at the Venice Biennale in 2013, Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2014, and he represented Iceland at the 2009 Venice Biennale. The artist is the recipient of the 2015 Artes Mundi’s Derek Williams Trust Purchase Award, and Performa’s 2011 Malcolm McLaren Award.