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East Meets West in New ASÍ Exhibition

‘Contemporaneous’ is a new tripartite exhibition by Erla Thórarinsdóttir’s at the ASÍ Art Museum in Reykjavík, which features photographs and other artwork based on the artist’s travels where east meets west.


In the ‘pit’ gallery visitors can observe a series of slides projected on the wall, snapshots from the artist’s travels in the great cities of India and China, with shots of Western cities mingled in, a press release describes.

On the ground floor photographs of geometric forms from Indian sacred architecture are displayed and in the upper gallery abstract paintings on canvas keep company with a photograph depicting the Indian Lord Lakulish, an avatar of Shiva and originator of Indian yogic practice.

In essence this exhibition is an encounter between the enduring and abstract on the one hand and the ephemeral and objective on the other; it is also testimony to the encounter between Thórarinsdóttir and her Western background and the East and its culture.

The exhibition provides an occasion to ponder the difference between the cultural currents and what their mingling can produce.

‘Contemporaneous’ runs from October 30 to November 21. The museum is open every day except Mondays from 1 pm to 5 pm and admission is free.

For further information visit the museum’s website.

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