Selected Works, Part II: Akureyri Art Museum Collection

Akureyri Art Museum Kaupvangsstræti 8-12, Akureyri

Akureyri municipality formally began purchasing artworks around 1930, when a painting by Freymóður Jóhannsson was bought. Today the municipality owns around 700 diverse visual art works. After the founding of Akureyri Art Museum in 1993, preservation of the collection became one of its roles. The Museum adopted a policy of exhibiting the biggest part of …

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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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Recent Acquisitions

Akureyri Art Museum Kaupvangsstræti 8-12, Akureyri

One of the main roles of art museums is to collect art and exhibit their collections. Unfortunately no funds were reserved to buy art in the 2021 budget for Akureyri Art Museum. And so it has been for over a decade. This will hopefully change soon so the museum can attend to the important task …

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Turbulence

LÁ Art Museum Austurmörk 21, Hveragerði

The Icelandic Love Corporation, Katrín Elvarsdóttir, Kristín Gunnlaugsdóttir, Sara Björnsdóttir & Elísabet Jökulsdóttir Aqua Maria 2018 – The Icelandic Love Corporation. Aqua Maria features a soprano singing inside a space that resembles a steam bath but as the scene progresses, the space becomes more ambiguous. During her singing drops of water condense in her hair and face, becoming …

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Anna Kolfinna Kuran: Takeover

LÁ Art Museum Austurmörk 21, Hveragerði

Takeover is a performance series by Anna Kolfinna Kuran, which aims to fill different spaces with femme energy and bodies. The work revolves around the artist’s reflections on women’s visibility in our society. In Iceland one cannot claim that women are invisible or without voice. But which women do we see and hear? Who are …

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Róska

LÁ Art Museum Austurmörk 21, Hveragerði

Artist and activist Róska was one of a kind. Art smouldered inside her, and the undercurrent of her art practice was personal, avant-garde and surreal. Róska, whose full name was Ragnhildur Óskarsdóttir, was born in 1940 in Reykjavík. She never balked in her creative process, and did not hesitate to express herself on absolutely any …

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The Sea is full of Kind Creatures. The Sea is full of Trash!

Gerðarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum Hamraborg 4, Kópavogur

This exhibition is a world. This world is the ocean. There, fish and trash coexist. For this exhibition, children thought about the ocean and their favourite characters from Nordic children´s books. Now, they invite us to a place to dream about a different nature. We all should take this invitation seriously. It asks us to …

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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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Anna Elín Svavarsdóttir: Reunion

Reykjavík Museum of Photography Grófarhús, Tryggvagata 15, Reykjavík

“One of my objectives in image creation is to make use of the immediate environment, viewed from different angles. Things within the environment are constantly changing, taking on different purposes depending on when and how you look at them.” (Anna Elín Svavarsdóttir, 2017). After Anna Elín’s death, her family was inspired to exhibit some of …

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Community of Sentient Beings

Hafnarborg Center of Culture and Fine Art Strandgata 34, Hafnarfjörður

This year’s autumn exhibition at Hafnarborg is Community of Sentient Beings, curated by Wiola Ujazdowska and Hubert Gromny. By inviting various professionals – artists, academics, performers – to participate in the exhibition, the aim of the curators is to create a space for multiple voices to come together, while reflecting on different ways of voicing, hearing and sensing. …

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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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FJÖLFELDI – HLUTFELDI – MARGFELDI

Reykjanes Art Museum Duusgata 2-8, Reykjanesbær

Being able to create more than one copy of the same work has long followed the artist tradition. Many artists have created such works, which offers a different possibility than the unique artwork, and can be considered as an object somewhere between art and production. Works made in multiple copies are priced differently, are cheaper …

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Guðmundur Helgi Gústafsson: Icelandic Landscape

Árbær Culture House Hraunbær 119, Reykjavík

Guðmundur Helgi Gústafsson is an amateur painter who has been drawing and painting all his life. He is mostly self-taught but has attended courses both in Iceland and in Sweden. The pictures shown here are oil paintings of the Icelandic landscape from various parts of the country, but also the painter's imagination. Guðmundur has exhibited …

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Elisions

i8 Gallery Tryggvagata 16, Reykjavík

i8 Gallery is pleased to announce Elisions, a group show featuring the work of N. Dash, K.R.M. Mooney, B. Ingrid Olson, and Carrie Yamaoka. The exhibition features works that employ painterly, photographic, and sculptural methods. In the works on view, control and chance alternately mediate processes of replication, reproduction, resurfacing, and cropping.   Elision is a …

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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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Hulda Stefánsdóttir: In Media Res

BERG Contemporary Klapparstígur 16, Reykjavík

When you entered this exhibition space you came from somewhere else. When you leave this space, you will go somewhere else.  Last year, Hulda Stefánsdóttir published the artist book Time Map with Space Sisters Press in New York. The artistic process behind the book led her to this exhibition. “Time Map is a series of smaller works, which …

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Jóna Hlíf Halldórsdóttir: Cottongrass Flames

Mokka Kaffi Skólavörðustígur 3A, Reykjavík

The exhibition „COTTONGRASS FLAMES“ by artist Jona Hlif Halldorsdottir is on view at Mokka from 23rd September until 17th November 2021. „On another note, what happens when a special, Icelandic word, in another language connects itself to a familiar landscape? Isn’t it possible to experience something national and think about something we consider „Icelandic“ in …

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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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Anna Júlía Friðbjörnsdóttir & Karlotta Blöndal: Trace

Skaftfell- Center for Visual Art Austurvegur 42, Seyðisfjörður

Slóð (Trace) is a joint exhibition by Anna Júlía Friðbjörnsdóttir and Karlotta Blöndal. Their contributions were made separately, but both artists refer with their works to the important archaeological find at Vestdalsheiði in the mountains above Seyðisfjörður. Discovered in 2004, it consisted of human bones, jewellery and glass beads and is believed to date from …

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Perry Roberts: below / beyond

Hverfisgallerí Hverfisgata 4, Reykjavík

Perry Roberts (1954) is a British artist who lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. His art and design has been presented widely in three continents, in thirty solo exhibitions and over sixty group exhibitions as well as commissioned works in public space. His career spans forty years, a period in which his art practice has …

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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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