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New Ásmundur Sveinsson Exhibition Opens

A new exhibition featuring the work of one of Iceland’s most celebrated sculptors, Ásmundur Sveinsson, entitled “Rím” (“Rhyme”), opens yesterday, Labor Day, in the Ásmundarsafn museum in Laugardalur in Reykjavík.

At the exhibition, Sveinsson’s sculptures are placed next to artwork by contemporary artists inspired by the same subjects as Sveinsson but for other reasons.

The sculptor Sveinsson was a man of the 20th century who was shaped by the 19th century. He worked with various subjects; many of them came from Icelandic cultural heritage, others informed by the zeitgeist of the era, although he also looked towards the future in his art creation, science and technology.

The artists who were chosen to participate in the exhibitions have dealt with the same subjects as Sveinsson, but informed by the zeitgeist of their own times.

The artists include Birgir Snaebjörn Birgisson, Davíd Örn Halldórsson, Eirún Sigurdardóttir, Finnur Arnar Arnarson, Gudrún Vera Hjartardóttir, Hrafnkell Sigurdsson, Kristín Gunnlaugsdóttir, Ólöf Nordal, Pétur Örn Fridriksson, Sara Riel og Steingrímur Eyfjörd.

“Rím” is curated by by Ólöf K. Sigurdardóttir and Sigrídur Melrós Ólafsdóttir and runs through May 2010. This summer Ásmundarsafn will offer a diverse program in relation to the exhibition.

Click here to read more about Ásmundur Sveinsson.

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