The Visitors in Guggenheim Bilbao
Ragnar Kjartansson´s The Visitors is currently exhibited in Guggenheim Bilbao alongside exhibitions with the works of Yoko Ono and Richard Serra, both of who have a strong connection to Iceland and permanent outdoor works in public spaces in Iceland.
The Visitors is a nine-screen multi-channel video installation, that documents a musical performance staged at historic Rokeby Farm in upstate New York, where the artist has been a frequent visitor since 2007. Kjartansson assembled a group of friends to help him produce this work, including several musicians from his hometown of Reykjavik.
The piece takes its title from the final album released by the pop band ABBA. It features lyrics based on a poem written by Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir and musical arrangements by the artist and Davíð Þór Jónsson. Each musician was recorded individually, so that every screen except one in the video installation shows a different participant in a separate setting in the farmhouse or on the grounds. When all of these single takes are combined, the performance emerges and they make sense as a whole.
The Visitors was commissioned by and premiered in 2012 at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst and has since been exhibited widely.
The exhibition runs through September 7, 2014
Avenida Abandoibarra, 2 48009