Katie Paterson: The Earth Has Many Keys

The Living Art Museum proudly presents Katie Paterson’s exhibition, THE EARTH HAS MANY KEYS. The exhibition is a part of Reykjavik Arts Festival and is open from 13 February. Surely, this exhibition brings the universe closer to us.

— NOTE. In light of the epidemic measures, there will be no formal opening, but the exhibition is open from 13 March during the museum’s opening hours (Wed-Sun 12-18).

Katie Paterson‘s works are certainly imposing, both in terms of scope and inspiration. Characterized by a poetic sense of the everyday, her work captures the expanses of outer space and of the human mind, playfully provoking and enthralling us. Katie Paterson‘s collaboration with scientists is unique and has granted her an opportunity to make the intangible physical.

The exhibition features works about the earth and the universe, earthly as well as cosmic time, poetic, philosophical and real connections between man and world around us. Katie Paterson has mapped all the dead stars, created a light bulbto simulate the experience of moonlight, sent a meteorite back into space, and developed a scented candle that creates a scented journey from the surface of the Earth, up to the Moon, via the stars and into a vacuum.

This is her first exhibition in Iceland although she has extensive links to the country.

KATIE PATERSON (b. 1981, Scotland) is widely regarded as one of the leading artists of her generation. Collaborating with scientists and researchers across the world, Paterson’s projects consider our place on Earth in the context of geological time and change. Her artworks make use of sophisticated technologies and specialist expertise to stage intimate, poetic and philosophical engagements between people and their natural environment. Combining a Romantic sensibility with a research-based approach, conceptual rigour and coolly minimalist presentation, her work collapses the distance between the viewer and the most distant edges of time and the cosmos. Katie Paterson has exhibited internationally, from London to New York, Berlin to Seoul, and her works have been included in major exhibitions including Turner Contemporary, Hayward Gallery, Tate Britain, Kunsthalle Wien, MCA Sydney, Guggenheim Museum, and The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. She was winner of the Visual Arts category of the South Bank Awards, and is an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University.

The Icelandic Museum’s Fund
The Icelandic Visual Arts Fund

Katie Paterson Studio
Anna Lena Raab
Yulia Vasileva
Unndór Egill Jónsson
Aðalsteinn Stefánsson
Andri Snær Magnason
The board and staff of The Living Art Museum


13.03.2021 - 25.04.2021

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