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From Sketch to Sculpture & Homage-Magnús Árnason. Asmundarsafn, Saturday 30 April 4 p.m.

Ásmundur Sveinsson, Sóldýrkun
Ásmundur Sveinsson, Sunworship, 1940

Two exhibitions will be opened at Reykjavik Art Museum – Ásmundarsafn (Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum), Saturday 30 April at 4 p.m. From Sketch to Sculpture presents an insight into the rich but little known collection of drawings by the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson while the other draws attention to Louis Pasteur´s (1822-1895) experiment who´s findings conflicted with the theory of spontaneous generation.


From Sketch to Sculpture - Drawings by Ásmundur Sveinsson
The exhibition From Sketch to Sculpture – Drawings by Ásmundur Sveinsson presents a small insight into the rich collection of drawings by the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson. A selection has been made among the works based on subjects, which can be identified throughout the collection. Also included at the exhibition are a number of drawings that can be tied to known sculptures by the artist, especially from his earlier years.
The digital registration of all the drawings in the collection of Reykjavík Art Museum – Ásmundarsafn has recently been completed, and it is a great advantage finally to have good access to this part of the artistic creativity of the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson. The drawings number almost 2.000 and cover a wide range of subjects; devotional drawings, landscape, form studies, portraits, model studies and a variety of other things – among them quite a number of drawings that can be related to specific sculptures, that Ásmundur Sveinsson created during his long and prolific career.
The drawings of Ásmundur Sveinsson have not been exhibited extensively, and the selection here is bound to capture the attention of all those that are interested in getting to know this new chapter in the history of art in Iceland and in the oeuvre of this great artist. Curator is Eiríkur Thorláksson, art historian.


Magnús Árnason - Homage
Magnús Árnason´s installation Homage, in the dome of the Ásmundarsafn art museum, refers to Louis Pasteur´s (1822-1895) experiment who´s findings conflicted with the theory of spontaneous generation. Magnus’s work, whether in his sound-pieces, sculptures or performances, stand on a vague line between the real and unreal, fiction and facts. In his recent work, he has worked with nature and natural history; moving away from the mythological references seen in his earlier work. Researching the realm of science and its history, questioning any one true method of its field and rather backing up in order to rediscover ‘truths’ or aesthetic qualities otherwise hidden from us.
Magnús Árnason (b.1977) graduated from Akademie der Bildenden Künste in 2003, Vienna. Previously he studied both at I.M.U. School of Music, Reykjavik and the Technical College in Hafnarfjordur. Selected solo exhibitions: 2010, Of life, Natural History Museum of Kopavogur, Kopavogur // 2007, Polymorph, Locustprojects, Miami // 2005, Sjúkleiki Benedikts, Kling&bang, Reykjavik. Selected group exhibitions: 2009, when you sleep you don´t sin, Nowy Teatr, Warsaw // 2008, LISTE 08- The Young Art Fair, Basel // 2006, The Apostles’ Clubhouse, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik // 2005 The Pantagruel Syndrome, T1 Torino Triennale Tremusei, Torino.

Next Sunday artist  Magnús Árnason and biologist, Dr. Guðmundur Eggertsson leads a guided tour through the exhibition.



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