WHAT IT SEEMS – REALITY ON CANVAS 1970-2020

Many painters seek to achieve an impression of realism in their works. In order to be successful, they adopt skills that require both training and technology, as well as paying attention to various details. When successful, the stunned and amazed viewers cannot believe their own eyes. But is everything what it seems in paintings made in a realistic style?

Looking over the half-century history of Icelandic realist painting, it turns out that artists engage with this approach on very different grounds. Ever since pop art up to the digital revolution of our time, countless threads may be traced through photorealism, hyperrealism, magic realism and the like. This is where familiar boundaries overlap, high and low art, craft and content, art and kitsch. Reality has countless manifestations when brought to the canvas.

The exhibition includes works from the Reykjavík Art Museum’s collection as well as works borrowed for this occasion.

Artists
Eggert Pétursson
Eiríkur Smith
Erla S. Haraldsdóttir
Erró
Guðjón Ketilsson
Gústav Geir Bollason
Hallgrímur Helgason
Helena Margrét Jónsdóttir
Hlaðgerður Íris Björnsdóttir
Hringur Jóhannesson
Karl Jóhann Jónsson
Kristinn Guðbrandur Harðarson
Ragnhildur Jóhannsdóttir
Sara Vilbergsdóttir
Sigtryggur Bjarni Baldvinsson
Svanhildur Vilbergsdóttir
Þorri Hringsson
Þuríður Sigurðardóttir

Curator 
Markús Þór Andrésson

Date

25.06.2020 - 04.10.2020
Ongoing...
Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir

Location

Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir
Flókagata 24, 105 Reykjavík
Website
https://artmuseum.is/
Reykjavik Art Museum

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