Newest Art Museum in Iceland, Djúpivogur’s ARS LONGA, to Open This Saturday

Djúpivogur is home to Iceland's latest art museum

ARS LONGA, a museum for contemporary art, will open in Djúpivogur this Saturday, July 9.

Headlining the museum’s opening will be the exhibitions Rúllandi snjóbolti (Rolling Snowball) and Tímamót (Turning Point).

Rolling Snowball is a collaboration between ARS LONGA and the Chinese European Art Center (CEAC) in Xiamen, China. Further support for the exhibition comes from Múlaþing and the Visual Arts Fund. Both exhibits will run throughout the summer.

The new museum will be housed in Djúpivogur’s Vogshús, which was agreed upon as the new exhibition space in an arrangement made last March.

The heart of the new museum, and reason for its location in Djúpivogur, are the works of Sigurður Guðmundsson. Sigurður is perhaps best known for his work, The Eggs in Gleðivík, which consists of an array of 34 concrete replicas of bird eggs.

Those interested can find the event information here.

Sculpture Will Be Relocated Following Fatal Accident

An outdoor artwork in the East Iceland town of Djúpivogur will be relocated following a fatal accident. A tourist in his 60s died after being run over by a construction vehicle at the site of the much-visited art installation by Sigurður Guðmundsson. Sigurður and Björn Ingimarsson, mayor of Múlaþing municipality, decided at a meeting last week that the artwork would be relocated to another seaside location within the town.

The harbour area of Djúpivogur, where the man was run over, is the site of ongoing construction. A rope had been installed to separate pedestrians from vehicular traffic, but it had been removed at the time of the accident due to construction activities. “It is, however, not certain that this fixture would have prevented the accident that occurred, as those who visit the site are not all using the walking path that is marked and so it is our consensus that the removal of the artwork from the area is necessary,” a notice from the municipality states.

“We mourn the tragic accident that happened by the artwork and want to do everything in our power to prevent something like this from happening again,” the notice underlines.

The artwork consists of 34 oversized birds’ eggs of polished stone. When it was originally installed, in 2009, there was little traffic in the harbour of Djúpivogur. The site has since become a hub of industrial activity, which is set to increase in the near future.