Listasafn Islands

Gallery talk with artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Kjarvalsstaðir, Sunday 13 February 3 p.m.

Artist Ragnar Kjartansson will take part in a gallery talk through the exhibition 50 Years of Icelandic Art at the Venice Biennale now on show at Reykjavik Art Museum - Kjarvalsstaðir. The Icelandic contribution to the 53rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia in 2009 was Ragnar Kjartansson's work The End. Kjartansson’s exhibition for Venice, The End, featured a tableau vivant of the artist and his model that lasted for the entire six-months of the Biennale, along with a monumental video and music installation. It was presented in the Palazzo Michiel dal Brusa’, a 14th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal near the Rialto, which has served as the Icelandic Pavilion since 2007. The Pavilion was transferred into a makeshift studio for the Biennale, Kjartansson relentlessly painted the portrait of a young man posing day after day against the backdrop of the Grand Canal. The young man modeling for him smoked cigarettes and drank beer, while clothed only in a bathing suit. For the exhibition at Kjarvalsstaðir 50 Years of Icelandic Art at the Venice Biennale an excerpt from Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir experimental documentary As if we existed is now on show.

Icelandic artists have had their representative at this major international contemporary art exhibition for fifty years but their regular participation did not start until the year 1984. The Venice Biennale takes place once every two years and is claimed to be one of the world’s most important forums for the dissemination about the current developments in international art. In the year 2009 seventy seven nations took part in the Biennale and the number is still growing.

The talk will take place in Icelandic and is open to everyone.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 02.44.2015