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Villa Reykjavik Art Festival

This summer, 14 European galleries will find their temporary home for a month in Reykjavík. Villa Reykjavik is a joint, international project of a handful of private modern art galleries interested in shaping new ways to act and new contexts of action.

William Hunt, Longshore drift, Whitstable Biennale 2006
Photo: Simon Steven, courtesy IBID Projects, London

According to the event’s planners, this is a creative meeting located far from the global centers of art market. On the one hand, it is an attempt to create a friendly alternative to the extremely centralized and mercantile atmosphere of art fairs, which are the natural meeting place of galleries from the whole world. On the other hand, it is a meeting with a new audience and an attempt to create – for one week – an “ideal” gallery scene, a scene which brings together a constellation of the most creative galleries featuring young art from various places.

On July 9th galleries will open in various locations around the harbor area, exhibiting works by a number of artists, including Paweł Althamer, Johanna Billing, Rafał Bujnowski, Elín Hansdóttir, Alena Kotzmannová, Michael Sailstorfer, and many others. There will be performances by William Hunt, Prinz Gholam, and Oskar Dawicki among others, as well as an exclusive screening of Wilhelm Sasnal’s first feature film.

Prinz Gholam, Air, 2009

Photo: R.Gabalda, AFP. Courtesy Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris

At Reykjavik Art Museum Hafnarhús, Tryggvagata 17, there will be a series of screenings curated by Lukasz Ronduda, a selection of Icelandic art, a selection curated by Michal Manek and a lecture by Janek Simon.

At music and bookstore Havarí, Austurstræti 6, the The Villa Reykjavik/Havarí house band will give live music performances during the opening week. There will also be concerts and DJ sessions every evening at Villa Reykjavik’s official clubs Bakkus and Venue in Tryggavagata 22. Bands such as Paris Tetris, Pascal Pignon and Maccio Moretti will perform at Venue and Polish and Icelandic DJs will play at Bakkus.

For more information on Villa Reykjavik click here.

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