Listasafn Islands

A New Art Emerges & Fringeberry - Gallery talk and performance. Kjarvalsstaðir, Sunday 9 October, 3 p.m.

Gallery talk with curator Jón Proppé and Bjarki Sveinbjörnsson Director of the Music Museum in Iceland on music in the 1960s. The event is held in relation to exhibition A New Art Emerges, which researches the dramatic generational shift in Icelandic art in the mid-1960s.

What happens when a new paradigm in art takes over from another? Does one simply merge into another or are there conflicts and cross currents? The landscape art that had dominated the first half of the century no longer answered the call of the times and while abstraction had gained many followers in the 1950s, its influence was already waning. Similar changes took place in literature, theater and music – the spirit of experimentation was felt everywhere. The new generation wanted something entirely new and was prepared to look in the unlikeliest places to find inspiration. The exhibition explores the exciting new art produced in this period and atmosphere on the cultural scene as a new art began to emerge.

As a part of the musical series Fringeberry, musical performances Ben Vautier: Piano Concerto No. 2 for Paik (1965) and Takehisa Kosugi: Distance for Piano (to David Tudor) (1965) will be performed by Fengjastrútur. 

The talk will take place in Icelandic.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 30.43.2015