Sigurjón Ólafsson: A Story Unfolds

Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum Laugarnestangi 70, Reykjavík

A variety of sculptures by Sigurjón Ólafsson, from his student years at the Royal Academy of the Arts in Copenhagen, till the year he died, 1982. Also to be seen are the sketches for some of his key works that have been enlarged and installed in public areas, e.g. Footballers erected in Akranes, Mask at the Reykjavík City Theater …

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Ásgrímur Jónsson: Korriró og dillidó

Ásgrímur Jónsson collection Bergstaðastræti 24, Reykjavík

Step into magic! The visual world of Icelandic folklore and fairy tales created by Ásgrímur Jónsson in his art is a truly enchanted realm. Elves, trolls and ghosts, which had lived in the Icelandic mind in the semi-darkness of the old turf farmhouse, were given a clear form in Ásgrímur’s art. He first exhibited such …

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Steina Vasulka: Of The North

The National Gallery of Iceland Fríkirkjuvegur 7, Reykjavík

Steina's gigantic video installation Of the North (2001) is an arresting and captivating work that touches all who see it. In the 1960s the possibility of recording sound and video in real time opened up new dimensions in the world of visual arts. Steina Vasulka and her husband Woody got to know avant-garde artists working …

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Hello Universe

The National Gallery of Iceland Fríkirkjuvegur 7, Reykjavík

The far-distant spaces of the boundless universe have had a hold on the human mind from primeval times, and over the centuries artists have grappled with notions about space, and expressed and mediated them in diverse ways. The exhibition Hello Universe explores the fantastical world of outer space through the lens of works of art …

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Kristín Þorkelsdóttir

Museum of Design & Applied Art Garðatorg 1, Garðabær

Few designers in Iceland have created as many works that are present in Icelanders’ daily life as Kristín Þorkelsdóttir. They can be seen in the most mundane of places—in refrigerators, inside bags or at the dinner table—or in locations as inaccessible as the Central Bank’s vaults. Kristín is the designer behind the packaging of many …

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Guðrún Gunnarsdóttir & Inger-Johanne Brautaset: The Ocean Survives Without Us

LÁ Art Museum Austurmörk 21, Hveragerði

“The Ocean survives without us” is a collaborative project about the ocean between Iceland and Norway where we wish to dive into an unknown, unexplored underworld – we swim between sharks, plants, plankton and unknown species, and now, in addition, also plastics, a new breed. The book “Shark Drunk” by Morten Strøksnes has been a …

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Ragnar Kjartansson: The Underworld of Akureyri

Akureyri Art Museum Kaupvangsstræti 8-12, Akureyri

Ragnar Kjartansson is one of the most respected Icelandic artists – known for his video-work, paintings, performances and installations. Kjartansson exhibits a new art-piece especially created for the balcony of Akureyri Art Museum with a direct reference to the Akureyrian community, in his own words: “In Akureyri everything is a little bit more OK than …

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Hekla Björt Helgadóttir: The Wild Poem

Listasafnið á Akureyri Kaupvangsstræti 8-12, Akureyri

The work Food Bowls is created specifically for the exhibition Limitations. The bowls refer to rationing and how rations are limited, in a broad sense, by finances, marriage, sex, nationality and status. The bowls were drawn up with a food container in mind, playing with forms and visual manifestations of limitations was also involved. The …

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Treasures of a Nation

The Culture House Hverfisgata 15, Reykjavík

Treasures of a Nation in the Culture House - Masterpieces of Icelandic Art. In this building the National Gallery of Iceland displays masterpieces of Icelandic art. Here are works of art dating from the latter half of the 19th century to the present day, that reflect the artists’ wide-ranging themes, offering visitors the welcome opportunity …

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Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson: Debatable Lands: Dialogues from Shared Worlds

Gerðarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum Hamraborg 4, Kópavogur

Debatable Lands: Dialogues from Shared Worlds Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson 2001-2021   A mid-career retrospective of the 20-year collaboration between artists Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson. Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson approach their collective art partnership with an ecological and pluralistic view. In a research-based practice they prompt discussion and thought about our changing world, and our own human role in those …

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Time Matter Remains Trouble

The Nordic House Sæmundargata 11, Reykjavík

The premise of the exhibition is an invitation to reflect and question the human practice of preservation of natural material, phenomena and knowledge. It is a conjuring up of scenarios for an aftermath or future scenarios of decay and transformation of matter and time, with or without the human race as protagonist. —- The distinction …

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Sigurður Unnar Birgisson: The Return of the King

Reykjavík Museum of Photography Grófarhús, Tryggvagata 15, Reykjavík

The exhibition The Return of the King by photographer/artist Sigurður Unnar Birgisson comprises enlargements of passport-sized photographs of men aged about seventy, alongside photographs of flowers of Icelandic nature by renowned Icelandic photographer Hjálmar R. Bárðarson (1918-2009). The juxtaposition of these two subjects may seem unusual. What could elderly men have in common with flowers? …

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Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson: Visitations

Akureyri Art Museum Kaupvangsstræti 8-12, Akureyri

Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson are a collaborative art partnership. Their interdisciplinary art practice is research-based and socially-engaged, exploring issues of history, culture and environment in relation to both humans and non-human species. Often working in close consultation with experts and amateurs in the field, their work tests cultural constructs and tropes, and human behavior …

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Ann Noël: Icons and Symbols

Akureyri Art Museum Kaupvangsstræti 8-12, Akureyri

Ann Noël, born in England 1944, has lived in Berlin since 1980. She has a background in graphic design, printmaking, photography, painting and performance. After graduating in graphic arts and design in 1968 from the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham, she worked with Hansjörg Mayer in Stuttgart, who was one of the first publishers of …

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Kjarval and the Contemporary

Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir Flókagata 24, Reykjavík

The exhibition contains selected works by painter Jóhannes S. Kjarval (1885-1972), a pioneer of Icelandic art. Kjarval opened people’s eyes to their environment in such a dramatic way that he is considered one of the most beloved artists of art history in Iceland. In this exhibition works by Kjarval are paired with those by contemporary …

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Guðný Rósa Ingimarsdóttir: opus-oups

Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir Flókagata 24, Reykjavík

A retrospective of the works of artist Guðný Rósa Ingimarsdóttir. The works on display cover Ingimarsdóttir’s career of more than two decades and the exhibition is a part of Reykjavík Art Museum’s exhibition series with an aim to examine and present the career of important working artists. In her work, Ingimarsdóttir seeks inspiration in her …

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The Portrait Collection

The National Museum of Iceland Suðurgata 41, Reykjavík

The Portrait Collection is a part of the Photographic Collection of the National Museum. It contains different types of portraits, including paintings, photographs, needlework, and sculptures. The Portrait collection has a large and diverse range, from snapshots to invaluable pieces of art. The one common denominator is that they all depict people. In the exhibition, …

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Guðmundur Thorsteinsson: Muggur

The National Gallery of Iceland Fríkirkjuvegur 7, Reykjavík

Everything that Muggur touched, people used to say, turned to art, and it was shaped by his remarkable personality. Guðmundur Thorsteinsson, always known as Muggur, was born in Bíldudalur in the West Fjords in 1891, and moved to Copenhagen with his family in 1903. He studied art 1911-15 at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine …

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Imagine Peace Tower

Imagine Peace Tower Imagine Peace Tower, Viðey

Imagine Peace Tower a memorial to John Lennon from his widow, Yoko Ono, located on Viðey Island in Kollafjörður Bay near Reykjavík, Iceland. It consists of a tall tower of light, projected from a white stone monument that has the words "Imagine Peace" carved into it in 24 languages. These words, and the name of …

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Circuits

Svavarssafn Hafnarbraut 27, Höfn

Carl Boutard & Ásmundur Sveinsson: Budding Earth

Reykjavik Art Museum – Ásmundarsafn Sigtún, Reykjavík

Carl Boutard’s sculptural practice has been shaped by his constant longing for the outdoors. Often situated or made in public space, it observes and reflects on the relationship between human beings, nature and culture. Carl describes himself as an “old-fashioned sculptor” and refers to his emphasis on material and form, and the function of the …

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Claire Paugam: Attempting the Embrace n°31

Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhúsið Tryggvagata 17, Reykjavík

Claire Paugam is the 44th artist to exhibit in Reykjavík Art Museum´s exhibition series in D-Gallery. Claire Paugam is a multidisciplinary French artist (b. 1991) based in Reykjavík. After graduating from the Iceland University of the Arts' MFA program in 2016, Claire has exhibited in various art institutions in Iceland and abroad such as the …

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Abracadabra

Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhúsið Tryggvagata 17, Reykjavík

In this diverse exhibition, new works by contemporary artists are presented especially with children and young people in mind. The works are all in the collection of the Reykjavík Art Museum. Presentation, mediation and education aims to open up the world of art as it appears today for younger audiences. Along with the exhibition, there …

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Erró the Traveller

Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhúsið Tryggvagata 17, Reykjavík

The journey characterizes both Erró’s life and career. He studied art in Reykjavik, Oslo, Ravenna, Florence, and eventually settled in Paris in 1958, after spending several months in Israel. Many successive journeys followed, including some remarkable trips to New York, Moscow and Havana. A world tour, 1971-1972, led him to cross Asia. From the 1970s, …

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Helga Páley: Fugl

Listval Hólmaslóð 6, Reykjavík

The exhibition is hosted by Listval at NORR11, Hverfisgata 18.

Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson: Long Are the Trials of Man

Hafnarborg Center of Culture and Fine Art Strandgata 34, Hafnarfjörður

A retrospective exhibition of works by Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson (Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson), in collaboration with the Akureyri Art Museum and the Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson Estate. At the exhibition, a wide variety of works will be presented: sculptures, installation pieces, paintings and video works that are representative of this dynamic artist and the way that he related to society. …

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Katrín Elvarsdóttir: Songbirds

Hafnarborg Center of Culture and Fine Art Strandgata 34, Hafnarfjörður

In Cuba, one will most likely be quick to encounter a lonely caged songbird – a tradition of owning songbirds is longstanding in Cuba and a part of their cultural heritage. As Katrín Elvarsdóttir experienced in her travels to Cuba some years ago, most homes she encountered had one, if not many, adorned in intricate …

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Guðmundur Óli Pálmason: Abandoned Art

Reykjavík Museum of Photography Grófarhús, Tryggvagata 15, Reykjavík

Abandoned farmsteads in the Icelandic countryside have long captured the eye of Guðmundur Óli Pálmason and inspired his artmaking. In his works the viewer meets obscure fragments from the past, which he captures with an old photography method he has specialized in. An important part of the work „Leaving Art“, here on show, can be …

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