Hreinn Friðfinnsson I To Catch a Fish with a song: 1964 – Today
Exhibition Dates: May 24 – August 25, 2019
Exhibition Location: Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève.
Hreinn Friðfinnsson’s extensive retrospective “To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964–Today” will be up at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genèva this summer until August 25th. The exhibition is curated by Andrea Bellini and Krist Gruijthuijsen and organised in partnership with KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, where it will be on view between September 28, 2019 and January 5, 2020.
Friðfinnsson is considered by many the father of Icelandic conceptual art. As a reaction to the Abstract Expressionism of the 1960’s Friðfinnsson returned to the extraordinary qualities of the Icelandic topography and atmosphere that had traditionally been represented in landscape painting. His focus was on the most ephemeral and fleeting qualities of the world around him: light, reflection, wind, water, the passing of time. He also embraced other subjects of transient nature; for years he has collected the secrets of strangers, re-enacted unlikely myths, made artworks of borrowed materials (a sculpture of his neighbor’s door, photographs of his cousin’s horses), appropriated the wares of industrious spiders, saved and pressed Autumn leaves picked up in the early 1980’s. Friðfinnsson’s response to these inscrutable subjects developed into works characterised by a lyrical, stark poetry, an exquisite lightness of hand and an often self-diminishing humour.
Born in 1943 in Baer Dölum, Iceland, Hreinn Friðfinnsson has been living in Amsterdam since 1971. He was co-founder of the Icelandic avant-garde artists’ collective SÚM and has exhibited internationally since the 1970s. He recently had solo exhibitions at Kunstverein Amsterdam (2015), The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík (2014), Domaine de Kerguehennec, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Bignan and Kyoto Art Center (both 2002).
In 2007 the Serpentine Gallery, London presented a first survey exhibition of his work which then traveled to Reykjavik Art Museum and in 2008 to Bergen Museum and Malmö Konsthall. He participated in Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, the 30th Sao Paulo Biennial in 2012 and in 1993 represented Iceland at the 45th Venice Biennale. Recent significant participations include group exhibitions at Garage Center for Contemporary Culture/GCCC Moscow and Mudam Luxemburg (both 2014), MOCA Los Angeles and Haus der Kunst, Munich (both 2012), Reykjavik Arts Festival (2005), and Jeu de Paume, Paris (2004). In 2000 the artist was the recipient of the prestigious Ars Fennica Prize.
For further information on Hreinn Friðfinnsson‘s work please contact Auður Jörundsdóttir at firstname.lastname@example.org or +354 551 3666