Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center
01. 08 2012
Art in Iceland this summer

At the same time as we send sweet and warm summer regards to you, here is a little insight into some of what ´s on in the art scene around Iceland this summer.


Hveragerði – Southwest Iceland
Listasafn Árnesinga
Pleasure and Functionality, an exhibition that 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.

Dalir og hólar  Art Project 2012 (valleys and hills) – Ferð (A Journey)  is an art project which uses abandoned houses and / or open spaces at eclectic sites in western Iceland, Reykhólar Commune and Dalir Commune. Extended opening until August 12!


Seyðisfjörður – East Iceland
On show is for example an extensive project entitled The Narrative Collection, a collection of narratives from all the inhabitants of Seyðisfjörður in 2011 and 2012, providing a bigger picture of the community.
Dieter Roth Museum
Besides the changing places he inhabited in Iceland, Switzerland and Germany, Dieter Roth in the early 70s started to use a studio in what is now the museum building which was offered to him then by his collector.


Akureyri and Hjalteyri – North Iceland
Galleri BOX in Akureyri and Veksmidjan in Hjalteyri
Collaboration_5. Opening August 4.
A collaboration of artists who in various conditions of new environments – either artistic or geographical – create site specific works referring to a specific character of particular places.

Galtarviti, Westfjords
Hrafnkell Sigurðsson
Hrafnkell spent 2 weeks in solitude in Galtarviti, a remote lighthouse, working on an exhibition that opened on summer solstice in Galtarviti.


Bíldudalur, Westfjords
Firðir / Fjords, an exhibition series by Ragna Róbertsdóttir and Harpa Árnadóttir. Together the two artists show new works in different places around Iceland, specially created for the occasion, the first being a visit to Bíldudalur in Arnarfjord.


Library of Water
A long-term project conceived by Roni Horn for a former library in the coastal town of Stykkishólmur.


Shows of interest in and around Reykjavík
(I)ndependent People is still going in, a large-scale collaborative international visual arts project and part of the Reykjavík Arts Festival. Highlights of the summer include
ongoing solo openings at the Demented Diamond of Kling&Bang´s Confected Video Archive and TALKS at the Reykjavík Art Museum.
Hafnarborg – House – Hreinn Friðfinnsson. House is an exhibition of new and older work by Icelandic artist Hreinn Friðfinnsson. The photographic series House Project, Second House and Third House are exhibited here together for the first time.
Living Art Museum – Delicate Luggage II, Níels Hafstein
i8 – Egill Sæbjörnsson
Kunstschlager – A brand new artist run space just opened its doors, with its first exhibition bringing back to daylight an old artwork by Steingrímur Eyfjörð.
Þoka is another brand new art space that presents new works by young and emerging artists,
Heimagalleríið 1.t.v., An installation by Ingólfur Arnarson in a private home in central Reykjavík.



And finally in Ansbach, Germany – and on the occasion of Kaspar Hauser´s 200th Birthday, LOFT has invited renowned artists, to hand in ideas, concepts and works, amongst them Haraldur Jónsson, Rúrí and Sigga Björg Sigurðardóttir. The exhibition Hauser XII is on view in LOFT Raum until September 30.



Image : Untitled, 2012. Hrafnkell Sigurðsson. From exhibiton in Galtarviti.