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“Jazz Madness” at Reykjavík Art Museum

By Iceland Review

The exhibition “Jazz Madness” is Reykjavík Art Museum’s tribute to the Reykjavík Jazz Festival, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. The exhibition opens tomorrow with a concert by Swedish jazz band Music Music Music.

Erró, Miles Davis Doll, 2007.

The band comprises of Michael Edlund on drums, Fabian Kallerdahl on piano and Josef Kallerdahl playing bass.

For the two-week duration of the festival, one of the exhibition halls at Kjarvalsstadir will be entirely dedicated to jazz, with paintings by five Icelandic painters, as well as a series of small jazz concerts, workshops and master classes.

The exhibition presents tributes from Icelandic painters to their muses. Among the work are portraits of jazz legends by Tryggvi Ólafsson, Sigurdur Örlygsson, and the pop artist Erró; large, semi-abstract paintings of jazz combos by Sigurbjörn Jónsson, and an expressionistic study of a jazz pianist by Grétar Reynisson.

Many visual artists listen to jazz music while working. Jazz has been an important model for visual improvisation for the last 100 years, affecting, among other things, how painters use harmony, rhythm, tone and space in their work, a Reykjavík Art Museum press release states.

The “Jazz Madness” exhibition runs through August 31.

Click here to read more about the Reykjavík Jazz Festival.

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