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George Michael Visits Iceland’s Sirkus

Londoners have frequented Iceland’s most famous bar Sirkus, which the Kling & Bang group moved from Reykjavík to London as part of the Frieze Art Fair, since it opened last night. One of these visitors was singer-songwriter George Michael.

Úlfur Grönvold, one of those responsible for the demolition and reconstruction of Sirkus, told Morgunbladid that the opening had been successful. “We believe we won the gold. The bar was full to the brim.”

Performance art group the Iceland Love Corporation put on a show for the opening of the bar, smashed champagne glasses and tossed them into the air. “So everything was swimming in champagne and even fake blood,” Grönvold described.

Other famous faces spotted during the opening included designer Vivian Westwood and Icelandic entrepreneur Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson.

Sirkus was originally located on Klapparstígur street in 101 Reykjavík and was considered a watering hole of sorts for the city’s art community. Björk was one of the bar’s regulars and she shot the video to her song “The Triumph of the Heart” in the bar.

After the bar was scheduled for demolition, Kling & Bang had the idea of turning Sirkus into an installation piece, rebuilding it plank by plank for the Frieze Art Fair in London. But it is not just for looking at; drinks are served at Sirkus as well.

You can read more about this unusual art project in Tobias Munthe’s feature “Lost in the Funhouse,” published in the current issue of Iceland Review – IR 46.03. Click here to read more about the magazine and here to subscribe.

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