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Sigga Björg & Ásmundur Sveinsson: Breath on a Window
3 February–7 May
The world of trolls, elves, ghosts and other creatures opens up in the exhibition Ghost at the window. Reykjavík Art Museum continues to present new works by contemporary artist in Ásmundarsafn, where they meet in dialogue with Ásmund Sveinsson’s visual world and his unique house in Laugardalur.
Now the focus is on legends, fairy tales and imagination.
Sigga Björg is known for her imaginative drawings, installations, videos and books. She has created a unique visual world where fantasy, humor and horror go hand in hand. In her works, she threads the emotional life in all its chaos and creates moods that are almost impossible to put into words, but with her characteristic style she manages to express the most incredible nuances. At this exhibition, she works, among other things, on a new series based on Icelandic folk tales. In Sigga Björg´s drawings she mixes splashes and randomness with fine precision and patterns. Her works are created equally on the walls of showrooms and on paper.
Ásmundur Sveinsson shaped his imagery in sculpture that spanned everything from a figurative method to an abstract one. He worked in line with the direction and trends of the modernist development of the 20th century and always worked with material and form. He initially drew inspiration and imagery from the local environment, human life, cultural heritage and nature, but later the subjects became more abstract and entered the realm of natural laws and cosmic dimensions. He said that in his youth, when he was growing up on a farm in the Valleys, he had come across folk tales and legends. Much of it found its way directly or indirectly into his work. Ásmundur once recalled a memory of a verse that was sung when children were being put to sleep on the farm:
Keep still, keep quiet
Woe lurks in the shadow
I‘ve heard through the night
A breath on a window.