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Comprehensive Kjarval Exhibition Opens in Iceland

A few hundred works of art by one of Iceland’s most famous painters, Jóhannes S. Kjarval, that are in the ownership of Reykjavík Art Museum, will be on display in the exhibition “Picture of a Whole,” which opens at Kjarvalsstadir today.

Until now, Reykjavík Art Museum has presented its Kjarval collection in different ways, with theme-related exhibitions, overviews and group exhibition, but this is the first time that the collection is exhibited in its entirety, excluding drawings and sketches that are not intended for exhibiting or have not been prepared for being put on display yet.

The exhibition is in the spirit of salon exhibitions, where artwork covers all of the exhibition hall’s walls, from floor to ceiling without a specific order. The unexpected context of the artwork is emphasized.

In this way, the viewer approaches the works of Kjarval without a prelude and is able to enjoy them on his or her own terms.

The Reykjavík Art Museum Kjarval collection is comprised of 3,348 works, 3,189 drawings and 159 paintings.

“Picture of a Whole” runs until April 13. The exhibition is curated by Helga Lára Thorsteinsdóttir.

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