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A New Art Emerges & Fringeberry - Gallery talk and performance. Kjarvalsstaðir, Sunday 30 October 3 p.m.


Jón Proppé and Dr. Dagný Kristjánsdóttir, professor in Icelandic Literature at University of Iceland discuss modern Icelandic literature 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 Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir and Fengjastrútur will perform musical performances from the period by Pauline Oliveros and John Cage.

The talk will take place in Icelandic.



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