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Icelandic Art and Design Presented in China

Five exhibitions by Icelandic artists and designers opened in Beijing on November 16, the Icelandic Language Day. Four of the exhibitions take place in 751, the city’s largest art and design district, and the fifth in Iceland’s Embassy.


From Steinunn Sigurdardóttir’s store in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

These are: “Icelandic Contemporary Design”, a group exhibition of the ideas and works of 22 designers and architects from Iceland, “STEiNUNN”, an overview of the works of award-winning fashion designer Steinunn Sigurdardóttir, “Poetry Space – Weather Writing” by visual artist Gudrún Kristjánsdóttir, “The Lagoon of Supernatural Beings” by photographer Ragnar Axelsson, aka RAX, and an introduction to Icelandic contemporary art at the Embassy.

The exhibitions are a follow-up to Iceland’s participation in the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and an opportunity to present Icelandic art and design in China. The purpose is to establish connections and strengthen Iceland’s image, a press release from Iceland’s Foreign Ministry states.

More than 20 companies and institutions from China and Iceland participate in the exhibitions, either as sponsors or professionals donating their work.

The exhibitions are held in cooperation with the organizers of the Beijing Design Week and the organizers of NOTCH10, the Chinese-Nordic culture festival in Beijing.

The exhibition runs through November 29.

Click here to watch a coverage of the exhibitions on CCTV.

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