Eternal Recurrence

Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir Flókagata 24,, Reykjavík

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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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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Birgir Andrésson: As Far as the Eye Can See

Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir Flókagata 24,, Reykjavík

As Far as the Eye Can See is a varied and extensive overview exhibition of the works of visual artist Birgir Andrésson (1955-2007) that takes over Kjarvalsstaðir. Birgir Andrésson was a leading force in Icelandic art for more than thirty years, and died long before his time. Birgir searched the well of Icelandic culture, stories, …

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Stitches and Threads

Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir Flókagata 24,, Reykjavík

Stitches and Threads is an exhibition of works by contemporary Icelandic artists who embroider or make use of the needle and thread as a tool in their art. They either look to the past to work with the heritage of the craftsmanship and its tradition, or employ the needle as a tool in progressive experiments …

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Heads from Clouds – The Portraits of Jóhannes S. Kjarval

Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir Flókagata 24,, Reykjavík

Throughout his career, Kjarval created portraits, and in this extensive exhibition visitors become acquainted with them. Here, there are oil paintings of well-known people from different periods, watercolours of Italian people from 1920, a selection of ink and India ink drawings from 1928-30, red chalk images of family and close friends, and lesser-known portraits from …

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Jóhannes S. Kjarval: First Snow

Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir Flókagata 24,, Reykjavík

Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval (1885-1972) is one of the nation’s most beloved artists and his diverse oeuvre has numerous paintings of Icelandic nature, fantastic creatures and the Icelandic people. Kjarval was born in the south coast of Iceland, at the farm Efri-Ey in the Meðalland district, but was raised by relatives on the east coast at …

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Guðjón Ketilsson: Jæja

Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir Flókagata 24,, Reykjavík

"Jæja" - the word is like a found object in the Icelandic vocabulary. One can resort to it on almost any occasion. On its own, it means very little, but everyone can make it their own and put it into context so that it acquires meaning. Guðjón Ketilsson creates his art with a similar methodology, …

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