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New Ólafur Elíasson Exhibition in Reykjavík

Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson, whose design Harpa – the International Concert and Conference Center in Reykjavík is currently under construction, recently opened his exhibition “Cars in Rivers” at the National Gallery of Iceland.


“Cars in Rivers” (2009) describes man’s struggle with unpredictable nature but the series might also symbolically depict the financial crisis in Iceland in the last couple of years which can be equated with the drowning of highland 4×4’s in violent torrents, a press release states.

The exhibition also includes the “Jökla Series” (2005), which is the artist’s account of the glacial river Jökulsá á Dal, from its glacial source to the area where the dam at Kárahnjúkar was constructed, by the time when the dam was already taking shape.

Subsequently the artist followed the river quite far in the direction of the ocean. Today the river has been transformed completely.

Three new works of art are also included in the exhibition, which runs until November 7.

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