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In the Collection of Imperfection – Unnar Örn J. Auðarson. Hafnarhús, Thursday 20 May at 5 p.m.

Tvær starfstúlkur íslenska skálans á Heimssýningunni í New York 1939 fyrir framan veggmynd af Leifi Eiríkssyni og fundi Vínlands.At his exhibition In the collection of Imperfection, Unnar Örn emphasises the value and import of the imperfect.
In a review written by curator Markús Þór Andrésson he states:
“The Reykjavík Art Museum has invited Unnar Örn to exhibit in Hafnarhús and so he turns his attention to the institution as such, in a wide context as well as in terms of its inner workings. How is the culture of a society recorded, preserved and used to reflect the self image of the citizens and their history? Unnar Örn burrows through the museums of the City of Reykjavík which contain antiquities, art, architectural items, photographs, books and documents. They hold objects which most will recognise, our cultural heritage, but they hide much more than what is generally exhibited. The majority of the objects in the collections have never been seen by the public. In his investigation, Unnar Örn focuses especially on items that relate to individual history, to the histories of people who collected, recorded, created and left behind memories that ended up in the museums and are preserved there. The value of such collections was clear to the individuals who made them at the time but may be unclear to us today.“

In addition to bringing in little-known collections by individuals, held by the City of Reykjavík, Unnar Örn examines the image of the nation that authorities have chosen to project internationally at various World Fairs.

We may most recently recall the artist’s exhibition in Gallerí Ágúst last year which can be seen a preface to the exhibition that has now been set up in Hafnarhúsið.

Article by Markús Þór Andrésson

Unnar Örn CV (pdf)

The exhibition is a part of Reykjavik Arts Festival.

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