Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir: Séstey / Hverfey

Eldheimar Suðurvegur / Gerðisbraut 10, Vestmannaeyjar

The exhibition Séstey / Hverfey presents new work by artist Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir, along with other artifacts she has placed in context with the permanent exhibition at Surtseyjarstofa in Vestmannaeyjar. Þorgerður´s exhibition addresses the notion of how a new place becomes actual in a cultural sense. Works in the exhibition are mappings of a place based …

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Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttir: blood & honour

Akureyri Art Museum Kaupvangsstræti 8-12, Akureyri

The work consists of four flags that flutter on flagpoles on the balcony of Akureyri Art Museum. The flags are the product of an experiment where three factors were joined into one: the Icelandic national flag, the font Comic Sans and the letters from the Icelandic alphabet that reprecent the sounds that people make when they …

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Foundation – University of Iceland Art Collection

Akureyri Art Museum Kaupvangsstræti 8-12, Akureyri

University of Iceland Art Collection was founded in 1980. Like many university art collections abroad, University of Iceland bases its collection partly on donations. The founding collection, donated by the couple Ingibjörg Guðmundsdóttir (1911-1994) and Sverrir Sigurðsson (1909-2002) weighs the most. They donated close to 1200 artworks to the collection which are among the most …

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Rakel McMahon: I see the stars but I do not see the world

Gallery Underpass Hverfisgata 76, Reykjavík

Rakel McMahon will exhibit a site-specific sculpture, inspired by the Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus. The work also refers to Jung´s ideas on the unconscious, childhood memories and dreams. I see the stars but I do not see the world All colors fade and dissolve in the dark The underpass accommodates only shadow and …

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Helgi Hjaltalín Eyjólfsson: You all

Gallery Sign Dugguvogur 3, Reykjavík

Sunlight destroys everything. Time changes the understanding of words and pictures. What at one moment, can represent pride, will with time, turn into shame and then perhaps pride again. Sunlight creates everything. Helgi Hjaltalín says the following about his process of creating works: I have for many years used my misreading of imagery and language …

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B. Ingrid Olson: Cast of Mind

i8 Grandi Marshall House, Grandagarður 20, Reykjavík

i8 Grandi is pleased to announce Cast of Mind, a year-long exhibition by B. Ingrid Olson. The artist’s show opens 20 January, 2023 and will be on view until 20 December 2023. Spanning far longer than traditional museum or gallery shows, i8 Grandi represents a new model for exhibitions. The programming focuses on concepts of space and time, and the …

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Scattered

Ísafjörður Art Museum Safnahúsið Eyrartúni, Ísafjörður

Scattered is a group exhibition with works from old masters of Icelandic art history. Joining works by Jóhannes S. Kjarval, Karl Kvaran, Kristján Davíðsson, Nínu Tryggvadóttur og Kristján Guðmundsson.

Jessica Auer: Looking North

Skaftfell- Center for Visual Art Austurvegur 42, Seyðisfjörður

Jessica Auer sets out to explore Iceland's sightseeing destinations, and records tourists' surroundings through her photographic lens. In her pictures, travellers and their material world blend together with the natural surroundings. Tourism is manifested as a transformative force within the Icelandic landscape, and is depicted with visual clarity. Jessica Auer stands apart from her subject, …

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Jessica Auer: Landvörður

Sláturhúsið Kaupvangi 9, Egilsstaðir

Jessica Auer has lived in Iceland and Canada for many years. She feels at home in Iceland but also follows in the same footsteps of the tourist who comes to Iceland in search of a new experience. Since 2016, Jessica has travelled around the country to document the tourist’s trail, as well as take photos …

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Erró: Cunning Scissors

Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús Tryggvagata 17, 101, Reykjavík

Collage has formed the basis of Erró’s artworks for over sixty years, beginning early on with his Meca-Make-Up series in 1959-60, and resulting in more than 30,000 collages today. Through collecting, cutting, pasting and then painting Erró has freely mixed and quoted found material, transforming it into dynamic, striking and jarring visual collisions. In doing so he …

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Tracing Fragments

Gerðarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum Hamraborg 4, Kópavogur

Through acts of stitching, sculpting, weaving, fragmenting, painting, and recording, Kathy Clark, Abdullah Qureshi, Sasha Huber, Frida Orupabo, Hugo Llanes, and Inuuteq Storch reclaim historical methods of handicraft, documentation, representation, and archiving. Their works digest certain generational histories with a delicate yet deliberate touch, marked by a tender sentimentality that critically unpacks stories of colonization, …

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Sigga Björg & Ásmundur Sveinsson: Breath on a Window

Reykjavik Art Museum – Ásmundarsafn Sigtún, Reykjavík

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 …

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Forty Years of The Corridor

The National Gallery of Iceland Fríkirkjuvegur 7, Reykjavík

The Corridor 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. The Corridor has always been housed in Helgi Þorgils‘  home; the gallery‘s first exhibition, of For the Time Being by Hreinn Friðfinnsson early in 1980, was held at Laufásvegur 79. The Corridor moved on to Mávahlíð 24, then Freyjugata …

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How did I get to the bomb shelter

The Nordic House Sæmundargata 11, Reykjavík

How did I get to the bomb shelter is a multidisciplinary group exhibition featuring seven contemporary Ukranian artists curated by Yulia Sapiha and produced by The Nordic House in Reykjavik. In the exhibition artists explore themes related to their personal experience of the war, their longing for a peaceful life, their paths towards survival and their hope for the future. How did I …

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Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors

Akureyri Art Museum Kaupvangsstræti 8-12, Akureyri

The Visitors – an ode to friendship under the intonation of romantic desperation. A group of friends and musicians gather in the natural habitat of bohemians, during the twilight hour, in the faded splendor of Rokeby Farm in Upstate New York. The location becomes a scene for what Kjartansson calls a feministic nihilistic gospel-song: a multilayered …

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New and Brand New

Akureyri Art Museum Kaupvangsstræti 8-12, Akureyri

It is appropriate to celebrate the fact that Akureyri Art Museum will again be buying artwork for its collection. The exhibition New and Brand New gives an overview over artworks that have been donated to the museum during the last few years but haven‘t been exhibited before, as well as brand new works bought for the collection. One …

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Cornerstone

LÁ Art Museum Austurmörk 21, Hveragerði

The museum has a unique collection of approximately 550 works of art, from the greatest masters of Icelandic art to lesser-known artists. Founded in 1963, it was the first art museum in Iceland to open outside the capital. Bjarnveig Bjarnadóttir and her sons Loftur and Bjarni Markús may justly be said to have laid the …

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Logi Leó Gunnarsson

Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús Tryggvagata 17, 101, Reykjavík

Logi Leó works with sound, sculpture and video in unexpected compositions and installations that often take over the exhibition space.  By activating everyday materials in combination with music, recordings and sound equipment, he enables the audience look at and listen to familiar things in a new way. Logi Leó Gunnarsson (b.1990) lives and works in …

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Kaleidoscope – International Collection

Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús Tryggvagata 17, 101, Reykjavík

This year, in 2023, the Reykjavík Art Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary and it is an occasion to look at the treasures that have been collected over this time. Of the approximately 17,000 registered works, sketches and other collection items, there are nearly one thousand by international artists. Amongst those, are names that can be …

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Ásmundur Sveinsson and Carl Milles

Reykjavik Art Museum - Ásmundarsafn Sigtún, Reykjavík

The exhibition  features the works of sculptors Ásmund Sveinsson (1893-1982) and Carls Milles (1875-1955) from Sweden and  is part of the collaboration between Millesgården Museum and Ásmundarsafn- both museums dedicated to the life and work of the two artists. Carl Milles is one of Sweden's most respected sculptors and, like Ásmundur, he donated his house, studio …

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Ólöf Nordal: Blird

Ásmundarsalur Freyjugata 41, Reykjavík

Ólöf Nordal's exhibition, Blirds, in Ásmundarsalur is an installation with sculptures, text and sound. Ólöf Nordal has for long worked with bird images in her work which are often rooted in folklore, image building and contemporary culture. Blirds are bronze casts that portray figures in transformation. Their transition suggests morphing from human form to bird form, from the …

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Rúrí: Glassrain

Listasafn Íslands Fríkirkjuvegur 7, Reykjavík

Glassrain is an installation from 1984, one of the first of Rúrí‘s many works that address the theme of time and menace. Glassrain comprises 500 razor-sharp fragments of glass, each ending in a point; the glass sheets, of variable length, hang in clusters from ceiling to floor. Each piece is suspended on a clear thread, …

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The Private Collection

The National Gallery of Iceland Fríkirkjuvegur 7, Reykjavík

At the beginning of 2022, the art collection of Ingibjörg Guðmundsdóttir and entrepreneur Þorvaldur Guðmundsson was placed in the permanent keeping of the National Gallery of Iceland. The collection, which includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, reliefs etc., is one of Iceland’s largest private collections. It comprises about 1400 works by many of Iceland’s leading artists, …

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Something is about to happen

Korpúlfsstaðir Thorsvegur, Korpúlfsstaðir

Þór Vigfússon, Níels Hafsteinn, Rúrí Opening hours: Thursdays 17:00-19:00 Weekends 13:00-17:00

INFRA-GLOW

Reykjanes Art Museum Duusgata 2-8, Reykjanesbær

The exhibition INFRA-GLOW opens at the Reykjanes Art Museum on Saturday 11 March at 2 pm and closes on Sunday 16 April 2023. INFRA-GLOW is curated by Elise Bergonzi, Daria Testoedova and Hannah Zander, MA students in Curatorial Practice in the Department of Fine Art at the Iceland University of the Arts. The exhibition gathers …

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Amanda Riffo: House of Purkinje

The Living Art Museum Grandagarður 20, Reykjavík

The eye is the organ that receives what we see. The brain processes the light, takes in the information that captures our attention, and produces images. Therefore, only a part of what is visible is seen, and only a small part of what we see captures our awareness. House of Purkinje, Amanda Riffo’s solo exhibition, …

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