On the Trail of Odysseus - Daði Guðbjörnsson

19 November – 30 December 2011

Kjarvalsstaðir

The painter Daði Guðbjörnsson’s exhibition is inspired by the long and eventful voyage of Odysseus. Guðbjörnsson is not registering the voyage as such in images, but rather looking at the Odyssey as a fable of the soul spiritual search where the paintings manifest the body of that soul. Men get captivated by delusions in life and are led astray, like Odysseus was.
The paintings are therefore, like the Odyssey, a manifest of delusions. The exhibition is divided into two sections, one with large scale paintings from the last three years, the other with older works from 1998-2008. Guðbjörnsson was starting out as a painter when the proverbial «New Painting» first emerged in Iceland, and his older works are characterized by crude and spontaneous presentation.
His style has since then evolved towards a more tender and refined expression.


Programme:

Sunday 27 November 3 p.m.
Kjarvalsstaðir – Daði Guðbjörnsson
Artist’s talk with Daði Guðbjörnsson.

Sunday 18 December 3 p.m.
Kjarvalsstaðir – Daði Guðbjörnsson
Gallery talk with art critique and writer Ragna Sigurðardóttir.

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Daði Guðbjörnsson, Leið inn til Hjartans, 2008.

Daði Guðbjörnsson, Leið inn til Hjartans, 2008.





 

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