Listasafn Islands

Gallery Talk– Homage. Ásmundarsafn, Sunday 1 May 2 p.m.

Artist Magnús Árnason and biologist Dr. Guðmundur Eggertsson will participate in a gallery talk in relation to Árnason´s installation Homage, which opens on Saturday 30th April in the dome of the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum. The work addresses the notion of spontaneous generation and its refutation by experiment, with allusion to the experiment of French biologist Louis Pasteur (1822-1895).

Magnús Árnason’s work plays with the boundaries between the real and the fictive, truth and poetry. In recent works Árnason has dealt mainly with the subject of nature and natural history and thus departed from the folkloric references that appeared in his earlier work. The sciences and their history have themselves become a subject for investigation, in which ‘the scientifically proven fact’ is challenged. By taking a step backward in that history instead of following the direct path of progress, the artist attempts to rediscover new ‘truths’ and their aesthetic values, which otherwise are obscure to us.

Magnús Árnason (b.1977) earned a Magister Degree from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2003, Among his past exhibitions are Af lifun, Natural History Museum of Kópavogur, Iceland (2010); Polymorph, Locust- projects, Miami (2007); The Apostles’ Clubhouse, Reykjavik Art Museum Hafnarhus (2006) and The Pantagruel Syndrome, T1 Torino Triennale Tremusei, Torino (2005).

The talk will take take place in Icelandic.

Free of charge for children up to 18 and senior citizens.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 02.18.2015