Forty Years of The Corridor / Gangurinn Gallery
3 February, 2023–4 June, 2023
The Corridor / Gangurinn Gallery is an artist-run exhibition space founded by artist Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson in 1979, and it is probably Iceland’s longest-running privately-operated gallery. Gangurinn has always been housed in Helgi Þorgils‘ home. Helgi‘s principal objective in founding an exhibition space in his home was to present the work of contemporary artists from other countries in Iceland; at that time there was little opportunity to see international contemporary art in Iceland.
In 2020 the 40th anniversary of the foundation of Gallery Gangurinn was marked with an exhibition of the works of the foreign artists whose art had been exhibited at Gangurinn over the years. Helgi Þorgils and his wife Rakel Halldórsdóttir invited artists to take part in the anniversary show by sending in works. After the anniversary year Helgi and Rakel presented the works from the show to the National Gallery of Iceland: a total of 90 pieces by 68 artists from 20 countries, which are now on display at the National Gallery. This generous gift is a valuable addition to the gallery’s collection, and important documentation of the contribution of Gangurinn to the art scene in Iceland over the past four decades.