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.
Erla S. Haraldsdóttir
Gústav Geir Bollason
Helena Margrét Jónsdóttir
Hlaðgerður Íris Björnsdóttir
Karl Jóhann Jónsson
Kristinn Guðbrandur Harðarson
Sigtryggur Bjarni Baldvinsson
Markús Þór Andrésson