Womens Sculpture Garden Opening
Tonight on the evening of Women´s Rights Day, will be the unveiling of the new womens sculpture garden at the southwest corner of Hljómskálagarður park. The Garden will honour the memory of the female pioneers of Icelandic sculpture. The formal opening ceremony will begin with the revealing of the park´s name by the mayor of Reykjavik at 19.30.
The park contains sculptures by six women who were pioneers of sculpture in Iceland: Gunnfríður Jónsdóttir (1889 – 1968), Nína Sæmundsson (1892 – 1962), Tove Ólafsson (1909 – 1992), Þorbjörg Pálsdóttir (1919 – 2009), Ólöf Pálsdóttir (b. 1920) and Gerður Helgadóttir (1928 – 1975). The works displayed are: Landnámskonan/Pioneer Woman by Gunnfríður, Hafmeyjan/Mermaid by Nína, Maður og kona/Man and Woman by Tove, Piltur og stúlka/Boy and Girl by Þorbjörg, Sonur/Son by Ólöf and Skúlptúr/Sculpture by Gerður.
The park has been created under the supervision of the Reykjavik Art Museum. It contains three sculptures donated by the museum, the National Gallery of Iceland contributes two, while the Smáralind shopping mall has presented Mermaid to the City of Reykjavík. In his report, museum director Hafþór Yngvason states that the park is a monument to the vital pioneering work of the women artists, at a time when they met with incomprehension of their pursuit of art – that the sculpture park, in central Reykjavík, serves to underline the place of the women artists as foremothers of the common artistic heritage of all Icelanders.
A website will go online on the opening day, providing information and photographs of the artists and their works and the sculptures in the new park. The website is prepared in collaboration with the Icelandic Love Corporation. The name of the website will be made known at the opening. In addition the Icelandic Love Corporation will show six new works of performance art in the coming months, dedicated to each sculpture. The final performance will be on 19 June, Women’s Rights Day, 2015.
Following the opening of the sculpture park Auður Styrkársdóttir, director of the Women’s History Archive, will lead a Women’s Heritage (Herstory) Walk in downtown Reykjavík. The walk takes place in icelandic.
19.30 Mayor of Reykjavík opens the park
20.00 Guided Women’s Heritage Walk in icelandic.
Music provided by women’s brass ensemble Icelandic Wonderbrass
Perhaps it is wise to bring an umbrella tonight!