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Boredom’s Children

By S. Anne Steinberg
Chances are, hearing about a show titled “Being Boring,” a single question springs to mind: is it?

In the City of Light, It’s All About the Sublime, Or Maybe Wonder

By S. Anne Steinberg
How do you get to transcendence? For Ragnar Kjartansson, it’s via silliness, high-jinx, examination of the obvious, repetition. His biggest show yet, Seul celui qui connaît le désir, at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, includes “scenery” paintings, souvenirs from performances in the form of...

Going Multidimensional/III and IV

By S. Anne Steinberg
Sculpture/sculpture, the title of a new series of exhibitions taking place at Gerðarsafn.

Reinventing Existence without End

The Icelandic artist Eiríkur Smith (b.1925), a resident of Hafnarfjörður, donated in 1990 over 300 works to Hafnarborg. The exhibition Existence, 1968-1982 is the fourth in the ongoing series representing different stages of his multi-stylistic career.

The Visual Power of Words

Thanks to technology, the physical connection between language and craft has become outdated, and the exhibition ART="TEXT=ART at Hafnarborg is a nostalgic celebration of the handmade, time-consuming but highly personal text-based art.

Students Reinvent the Past

Interwined at the Einar Jónsson Museum is a group exhibition by the first Master students (Class of 2014) from the Iceland Academy of the Arts. The site-specific 21st century artworks delightfully freshen up the interior in the home and studio of the famous 20th century Icelandic sculptor.

The Beauty of Photojournalism

The annual photo exhibition of the Icelandic Press Photographers Association at the Kópavogur Art Museum, Gerðarsafn, is simply a must-see for everyone, regardless whether you are a local or tourist. All chosen photographs are delightful—both as subject matter and artistically and I was impressed...

Design Frenzy

DesignMarch and Reykjavík Fashion Festival are upon us!

Against the Restraints of Gravity

When I headed to Hafnarborg to see the installation Gravity by the Icelandic artist Björk Viggósdóttir (b.1982), I didn’t know anything about her previous works. In her row of white swings against an abstract video background, I found a perfect quiet meditative escape from mundane life on an...

On Art, Books and Women: Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir

I saw the iconic work of the Icelandic veteran graphic artist Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir (b.1933) for the very first time at The Reykjavik Art Museum, Kjarvalsstaðir, in a historic exhibition about the Redstockings feminist movement in Iceland which took off in the 1970s.

The Storytelling of Dan Perjovschi

Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi’s his stick figures are far more than a mere mockery of society—they are, in his words, an archive of the global “homogenization of culture,” as a result of the rapid development of mobile technology and the Internet.

On the Road of Life with Kristinn Harðarson

In his exhibition Mæting/Transit at Gerðarsafn the Icelandic artist Kristinn Harðarson (b.1955), has over the past 20 years collected accounts of trivial events, encounters with regular people and insignificant places in the form of written notes, photographs, drawings, and paintings based on...

Mats 1956-1978

This exhibition currently on show at Reykjavík Museum of Photography showcases some of photographer Mats Wibe Lund’s early work, known in Iceland for documenting some of the profound changes and rapid development which have taken place in society over the past 50 years.

Ólöf Nordal's Skeletons in the Closet of History

If you think that there is no apparent link between anthropometry, colonialism, the Icelandic sagas and Nazism, the exhibition Musée Islandique by Ólöf Nordal at the National Gallery of Iceland provides a thought-provoking conceptual connection.

Waterfalls in All Their Facets

Iceland might be known as the land of fire and ice, but water is also an essential part of its unique nature—the island’s numerous and various waterfalls are among its most fascinating symbols. Thus, waterfalls are also an interesting subject of Icelandic art. There are, of course, different ways...

The Silliness of Men: Hlandvættir

Artist Guðmundur Thoroddsen explores new avenues with beautiful wood carvings, sculptures and ink drawings dealing with the delicate matter of manhood and its rituals.

The Beauty of (Icelandic) Women

Regardless of your gender, sexual orientation, relationship status or nationality, the exhibitions “Woman” by Berglind Björnsdóttir and “State of Mind” by Anna Ósk Erlingsdóttir at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography will make you feel grateful that there are women on this planet who have the...

The Optimism of Collective Virtues

The focus of “(I)ndependent People”, the Visual Art Project of the Reykjavík Arts Festival 2012, is collaboration. There is nothing wrong with collective minds, ideologies, negotiation between conflicting desires and unprecedented transformative action, I thought, yet a bit too abstract and...

The Junk Aesthetic of Hrafnkell Sigurðsson

Hrafnkell Sigurðsson surprised me with the level of abstraction in his exhibition “Port City” at Hafnarborg in Hafnarfjörður, featuring conceptual photographs of discarded plastic, decaying textile materials and painted steel equipment. But even though the colorful compositions are deceitfully...

Antoni Tàpies, Grains of Universal Dust

The Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies (1923-2012), an exponent of the legendary Parisian “Art Brut” group, which was founded in 1948 by André Breton, Charles Ratton, Henri-Pierre Roche, Jean Dubuffet and Tàpies himself, died in February this year at the age of 88. The exhibition “Tàpies – Image, Body,...

Rúri, With Respect for Other People and Nature

The exhibition's poster of “RÚRÍ-Retrospective” at The National Gallery of Iceland instantly grabs the viewer's attention like an alarming stop-sign with its striking representation of a burning “Rainbow”, a still image from eponymous video and performance work created in 1983.

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