Train - Dieter Roth
14. May - 21. August 2005
Over 400 works by the artist Dieter Roth are on view in a joint exhibition by the Reykjavík Art Museum, the National Gallery of Iceland and Gallerí 100°. This is the most extensive exhibition ever undertaken by the Reykjavík Art Museum and the National Gallery, and it is also the first time that the two galleries embark on a joint exhibition. The curator is Björn Roth, son of the artist, and the exhibition is the central event at this year's Reykjavík Arts Festival, which focuses on international contemporary art under the heading Material Time/Work Time/Life Time. On view at the Train exhibition are some of the artist's best-known installations, books, graphic works and paintings. In selecting the works, the curator was particularly concerned with their links to Iceland.
Dieter Roth was born in 1930 in Germany, where he spent the first years of his life. As an adult he was based in Germany, Switzerland, and Iceland. Although he initially studied graphic design, Roth's explorations of free-expression and creativity were made in a wide variety of media including music, poetry, and visual art. His entire artistic career was characterised by experimentation. While working in Copenhagen in the 1950's, Roth met Sigridur Bjornsdottir, an Icelandic woman with whom he moved to Iceland and had a family. Although the couple eventually separated, Roth's ties to Iceland remained strong throughout his life.
Dieter Roth, 1976-1998,
Bjorn Roth and Eggert Einarsson assisted in the making of this piece.
In addition to Dieter Roth's work, the Reykjavík Art Museum - Harbour House will exhibit works by Haraldur Jónsson, Urs Fisher and the duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss. The Dieter Roth Academy also operates in the gallery's courtyard, and an outlet from the Boekie Woekie bookshop in Amsterdam is set up on the premises. .
On Monday 16 May there will be two symposiums at the Reykjavík Art Museum - Harbour House. At the earlier one, which begins at 2 pm, Hans Ulrich Obrist, one of the world's most respected curators and columnists on contemporary art, will direct a panel discussion in which Björn Roth and the artist Ólafur Elíasson will be among the panellists. The latter symposium begins at 4 pm, in which Jens Hoffman, curator and director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and German filmmaker and artist Christoph Schlingensief will discuss Dieter Roth in a broad context.
On Tuesday 17 May, at 12.15 pm, there will be a guided lunchtime tour of the exhibition at the Reykjavík Art Museum and the National Gallery of Iceland.
A highly diverse program of events for children and adults will be held in connection with the exhibition in all the participating galleries. Private guided tours are available upon request.
Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhus
Hafnarhus is located by the harbour and is one of Reykjavík Art Museum's three venues, the others being Kjarvalsstadir and the Asmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum. Hafnarhus was inaugurated in April 2000 and has six exhibition halls on two floors. Temporary Icelandic and international art exhibitions are regularly on display as well as selections from the permanent collection and the Erro Collection.
National Gallery of Iceland
The National Gallery's main focus is on 19th and 20th century Icelandic art. The Museum holds the country's most significant collection of works by Icelandic artists in this period as well as an impressive array of works by international artists. Temporary exhibitions from the National Gallery's collection, as well as individual and group exhibitions by Icelandic and international contemporary artists comprise the National Gallery's wide spectrum of programs.
Gallery 100° is a cultural forum run by Reykjavik Energy at its new headquarters on the outskirts of Reykjavík. An informal council consisting of artist and scientists has created a dynamic exhibition policy, with exhibitions that range from natural biology to architecture and contemporary art.
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