Listasafn Islands

Robert Smithson: The Invention of Landscape

19 January - 14. April 2013


Robert Smithson (1938-1973) is best known as a pioneer of the Land Art movement. This exhibition focuses on his only earthwork in Europe, Broken Circle/Spiral Hill. Created in Emmen, Holland in 1971, the project followed Smithson’s iconic earthwork Spiral Jetty (1970), and was finished only two years before his untimely death in a plane crash. The exhibition offers an insight into almost every artistic medium that Smithson used. His drawings, photographs, letters, and a film that he was working on when he died, document the process of planning and constructing the earthwork, and give an insight into Smithson’s visionary concept of “Land Reclamation.”  Films about three of his other earthworks—Spiral Jetty, Mono Lake, and Swamp—will also be shown to give a further insight into Smithson’s career.

Currated by Eva Schmidt.


Sunday 27 January, 3  p.m.
Hafnarhús – Robert Smithson
Guided Tour in Icelandic.

Sunday 24 February, 2 - 4  p.m.
Hafnarhús – Robert Smithson
Land Art - Workshop for kids (9 year +) led by Hugrún Þorsteinsdóttir, architect and artist Ásdís Spanó.

Sunday 10 March, 2 - 4 p.m.
Hafnarhús – Robert Smithson
Symposium moderated by Aðalheiður L. Guðmundsdóttir.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 03.21.2015