The art exhibition “The Will as a Weapon – Review 1970-1980” opened at Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalsstadir yesterday. The aim of the exhibition is to shed a light on women’s artwork of this decade with emphasis on the diversity characteristic of this era.
“Lifi frelsid” (1973) by Róska.
Particular emphasis is placed on how female artists used traditional media, such as weaving, to express their message and their reckoning of the old, a press release explains.
Among events highlighted by the exhibition is the 40-year milestone since the establishment of the Raudsokkur women’s right movement and the 40 years that have also gone by since a woman was appointed minister for the first time in Iceland (Audur Auduns).
Furthermore, it has also been 35 years since The Women’s Day Off took place for the first time and 30 years have passed since Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was elected to the office of the president of Iceland as the world’s first democratically-elected female head of state.
Last but not least, 100 years ago Icelandic women were given the right to vote in local government elections for the first time.
The exhibition, curated by Hrafnhildur Schram, runs through November 7.