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New Art Exhibitions in Iceland

The exhibition “Innvidir” (“Infrastructure”) by the photographer Orri opens at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography today. The exhibition is an overview of Orri’s pictures of abandoned Icelandic farms taken in 1999-2010.


While photographers have long been inspired by abandoned farmhouses and photographed them from the outside, often in black and white, Orri’s photographs are of the farmhouses’ colorful interior, giving them an air of romantic mysticism, a press release states.

Orri doesn’t only focus on visual art; he is also an accomplished musician. He is part of the duo Slowblow with filmmaker Dagur Kári and together they have released a few albums in addition to having composed the music for the latter’s films, Nói Albínói, Voksne Mennesker and The Good Heart.

Leifur Thorsteinsson, a pioneer of Icelandic commercial and industrial photography, will also open the first part of his series today on the occasion of the Reykjavík Photography Museum’s 30th anniversary this year.

Meanwhile, in the museum’s Skotid exhibition space, an exhibition of photographs by Karl Lilliendal is currently running.

In Artótek, the exhibition space in Reykjavík City Library, the exhibition “Vatn med olíu” (“Water with Oil”) by visual artist Freyja Önundardóttir opened this week.

Furthermore, the exhibition “Secret Shop/Salakauppa” opened in the Spark Design Space (on Klapparstígur 33 in Reykjavík) yesterday, featuring the work of designers Johan Olin and Aamu Song, the founders of COMPANY in Finland.

The designers work in the field of design as designers, producers, sellers and shop keepers. “Their collection celebrates the brilliant traditional skills and local materials in Finland,” a press release says in description of the exhibition.

In Akureyri, many exhibitions opened last weekend, including “Varanlegt Augnablik” (“Permanent Moment”) by Sigtryggur Baldvinsson and Thorri Hringsson at Listasafnid, the local art museum, and “Stemmur/Stemma” by Thorsteinn (Steini) Gíslason at Gallery BOX.

In Deiglan, Ken Leslie, a visiting artist in Akureyri, opened an exhibition, while Hördur Jörundarson opened an 80-year birthday exhibition in Ketilhúsid and Kristinn G. Jóhannsson an exhibition at the Gallery.

Also, at Café Karólína in Akureyri, the photographs of Hugi Hlynsson and Júlía Rúnólfsdóttir are on display. All of these exhibition spaces are located in Listagilid, on the road Kaupvangsstraeti which leads out of the center of town.

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