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“Dolls” by Erró on Display at Hafnarhús

The exhibition “Dolls” by Erró, one of Iceland’s most famous contemporary painters, is currently running at Reykjavík Art Museum – Hafnarhús. The collages and paintings on display were made in the late 1980s.

At no point in the history of art can dolls be said to have been popular subjects. It was therefore surprising when Erró, in the late 1980s, started creating collages and later paintings using photographs in which the main focus is on dolls, a press release from the museum describes. Most of the photographs were taken from pre-World War I illustrated almanacs.

“The ingenuity and strength of Erró’s work emerges in the dialogue between the dolls, inanimate objects in human form, and their juxtaposition with portraits of historic figures, with obvious and clear cultural and aesthetic references. In his doll collages, Erró creates an enchanting narrative whilst raising questions about the link between the viewer and reality,” the press release states.

The exhibition ends on August 29.

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