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Icelander Receives 2010 Carnegie Art Award

Icelandic artist Kristján Gudmundsson (born 1941) was named the winner of the 2010 Carnegie Art Award, one of the most highly regarded visual art awards in the world, on Tuesday for his unique sound-dampening paintings.

The prize, SEK 1 million (USD 128,000, EUR 92,000), will be granted by Queen Margrethe of Denmark in the Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall in Copenhagen on September 17.

At the same time, an exhibition with the work of the 23 Nordic artists who were short-listed for the 2010 Carnegie Art Award will be opened. It will then travel to the capitals of the Nordic countries in addition to London, Beijing and Nice.

The exhibition will arrive at the National Gallery of Iceland in Reykjavík on January 9, 2010 and run for almost two months, through February 28. Another Icelandic artist, Egill Snaebjörnsson, will also participate in the exhibition.

The jury decided unanimously to grant this year’s first prize to Gudmundsson. The second prize went to Swedish artist Kristina Jansson and the third price to Stockholm-based German artist Felix Gmelin.

An extensive exhibition of Gudmundsson’s work recently opened at the National Gallery of Iceland.

Click here to read more about the Carnegie Art Award.

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