Sigurjón Ólafsson: A Story Unfolds

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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Steina Vasulka: Of The North

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 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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Eternal Recurrence

In this extensive exhibition, the works of Jóhannes S. Kjarval (1885-1972) create a thread which connects different periods in time. His art is displayed along with the works of artists who have been prominent on the Icelandic art scene in recent years. Shortly after Kjarval’s death, art historian Björn Th. Björnsson (1922-2007) wrote an article …

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Spessi 1990-2020

The contemporary photographer Spessi – Sigurþór Hallbjörnsson – has forged a unique style within the field of fine-art photography. His work presents cold hard reality, unvarnished and uncensored, whether the subject is a person or a setting. Hidden pockets of society are prominent in his work, interspersed with cultural life. His choice and handling of …

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Kristján Magnússon: Back Yards

Back yards, sheds, clothes-lines, and now and then a cat. Photographer Kristján Magnússon trains his lens exclusively on a narrow, enclosed swath of the urban environment: the back-lots of residential areas in the older parts of Reykjavik. He captures images of almost-deserted spaces that seem well thought-out despite the cluttered surroundings. This photo series strongly …

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Sigurður Guðjónsson: Unseen Fields

In the exhibition, Sigurður Guðjónsson invites us to access a framework of sound and visual experiences that are built through observation of the most intimate levels of the subject.

Ragnar Kjartansson: Death is Elsewhere

During the bright summer months, the National Gallery of Iceland shows the video installation Death Is Elsewhere by Ragnar Kjartansson – filmed one Icelandic summer night, when darkness never falls. This seven-channel work is one of the large-scale video installations which have been prominent in Ragnar‘s art in recent years, where repetition, time and space …

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Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir & Ásmundur Sveinsson: As If to Demonstrate an Eclipse

Reykjavík Art Museum – Ásmundarsafn newly reopens with Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir’s exhibition of work in dialogue with Ásmundur Sveinsson and the building itself. Sirra’s works are cosmical, often connected to speculations about our position within the inner workings of nature, physics and the forces that drive the world. Her works often call upon our position …

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