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Floral Paintings Displayed in Hafnarfjördur

Paintings by Eggert Pétursson (born 1956), who specializes in detailed and colorful paintings of the Icelandic flora, are currently on display in Hafnarborg, the Hafnarfjördur Museum of Fine Art.


Pétursson’s paintings are a continual record of his rambles in the Icelandic countryside. He paints fissures, rifts, ravines, sink-holes, mounds, cliffs, hollows, and hummocks.

Moss, heath, and tundra flowers tell the story of the artist’s sojourn in nature. They are his account of places far bigger than his paintings, as is stated on the museum’s website.

In this exhibition Pétursson turns to the lava fields. He uses lava, and the moss and flowers that grow in lava, to compose works that convey beauty along with a sense of the danger and perplexity involved in crossing a ruffled sea of lava.

Another exhibition currently on display at Hafnarborg is “Tight” by the performance group Icelandic Love Corporation, which was originally exhibited at the Amos Anderson art gallery in Helsinki.

The Icelandic Love Corporation, comprised of Eirún Sigurdardóttir, Jóní Jónsdóttir and Sigrún Hrólfsdóttir, has been a prominent force within Icelandic art since it was founded in 1996.

Both exhibitions run through January 2, 2011.

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