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News of New Art Exhibitions Across Iceland

The exhibition “Mapping 10 Minutes” by Amsterdam-based visual artist Susanna Brenner and dramaturge Felix Ritter opened yesterday in Gallerí Dvergur on Grundarstígur 21 in Reykjavík, marking the exhibition space’s ten-year anniversary.


A still from the installation “Mapping 10 Minutes” (or “Mapping 12 Minutes”, as some sources state).

The video installation aims at connecting Mercatorplein, a square in the west of Amsterdam, with Geradus Mercator, a cosmographer and geographer from the 17th century, whose 500th anniversary is this year.

The exhibition will only be open two more days, August 4 and 5, from 6 to 8 pm.

An exhibition by 23 artists who studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts 2006-2009, including paintings, sculptures and video installations, will run at the Artíma Gallery on Skúlagata 28 in Reykjavík August 10-19.

The theme of the exhibition is the Apocalypse, which some have predicted will happen this year, 2012. The curator is Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir.

On the opening day at 10 pm, philosopher Magnús Björn Ólafsson will perform a think piece and members of the band Muck, who have recently returned from their tour of the US, will contribute with a Judgment Day sound performance.

On Reykjavík Culture Night, August 18, the band RetRoBot, this year’s winner of the Icelandic Music Experiments, will perform at the gallery (which is accessible through Nýló – the Living Art Museum) at 8 pm.


Níels Hafsteins.

The exhibition of old and new artworks by Níels Hafsteins entitled “Delicate Luggage II” opened at the Living Art Museum (Nýló) at the end of July and will run through September 9.

The exhibition aims to provide visitors with an insight into the broad spectrum of Níels’ art creation, ranging from large sculptures to tiny pieces. Níels is the main founder of Nýló and has donated 22 artworks to the museum.


“Home to home” on display in London.

The exhibition “Að heiman” (“Home to Home”) opens on Bergstaðarstræti 4 in Reykjavík today, featuring the works of Icelandic and South Korean artists. The exhibition has traveled through South Korea to London and has now arrived in Iceland. A book covering the background of the artworks will be available at the exhibition.

On August 10 at 8 pm the ASÍ Art Museum on Freyjugata 41 in Reykjavík will open an exhibition with paintings, drawings and installation by Icelandic painter Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, Lars Ravn from Denmark and Holger Bunk from Germany. They were all members of the Corner group, a forerunner of Cobra.

The museum is open every day except Mondays from 11am to 17 pm and there is no entrance fee. The exhibition ends on September 2.


The Collaboration_5 team.

In North Iceland, the exhibition “Collaboration_5” opens today at GalleríBOX in Akureyri and in the exhibition space in the old factory in the hamlet Hjalteyri by Eyjafjörður, running through August 19 and 26, respectively.

The project was initiated by seven German artists grouped around Thomas Thiede, featuring the collaboration of artists who in various conditions of new environments, either artistic or geographical, create site-specific works referring to a specific character of particular places.

The exhibition’s curators are Hlynur Hallsson, Beate Engl, Thomas Thiede and Alexander Steig.


From “Firðir”.

The first in a series of exhibitions entitled “Firðir” (“Fjords”) by Ragna Róbertsdóttir and Harpa Árnadóttir opened in Bíldudalur, the West Fjords, in July and will be exhibited in the village’s historic 110-year-old school until August 12.

The exhibition features artworks made with a special material, calcareous algae from Arnarfjörður by which Bíldudalur stands. Ragna uses their original coral shapes but Harpa grinds them into powder with which she paints.

Ragna also uses different seashells and cochlea, including that of the small sea snail olnbogaskel (Lat: Acmaea testudinalis), which can be found on the fjord’s sandy beaches.

The next stop on their tour will be in Skagafjörður, North Iceland.

Last but not least, the exhibition “Different III” by German artist Claus Sterneck is currently running in the old herring factory in Djúpavík, in the eastern part of the West Fjords, featuring 54 pictures and their sounds.

The exhibition will run through August 31. Admission is free.


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