The exhibition “From Another Shore: Recent Icelandic Art” opened in the Scandinavia House – The Nordic Center in America, located in New York, on Friday. The pieces of art on display include sculpture, installation, painting, photography, and videos.
“The American-Scandinavian Foundation is enormously pleased to present this exhibition at Scandinavia House,” President of the ASF Edward P. Gallagher said in a statement. “‘From Another Shore: Recent Icelandic Art’ is an outstanding addition to the Foundation’s long history of presenting contemporary Scandinavian art in this country.”
Icelandic artists are to a large extent influenced by the harsh volcanic and glacial landscape of their sparsely populated island nation, as described in an ASF press release. While many of the artists in the exhibition live in New York or have studied in the US, their work is very different than that of other New York-based artists.
Twenty-one of Iceland’s most acclaimed artists participate in the exhibition, including Thórdís Adalsteinsdóttir, Olga Bergmann, Hildur Bjarnadóttir, Margrét H. Blöndal, Ólafur Elíasson, Steingrímur Eyfjörd, Gabríela Fridriksdóttir, Hulda Hákon and The Icelandic Love Corporation (Sigrún Hrólfsdóttir, Jóní Jónsdóttir, and Eirún Sigurdardóttir).
The exhibition is open until August 15 and admission is free.