Listasafn Islands

Kjarvalsstaðir – On the Trail of Odysseus. Introduction to the Odyssey and artist’s talk. Sunday 27 November 3 p.m.

On Sunday 27 November 3 p.m. Geir Þórarinn Þórarinsson gives a short introduction to Homer´s epic poem the Odyssey. Afterwards, Daði Guðbjörnsson discusses his work now seen at Kjarvalsstaðir. The exhibition On the Trail of Odysseus is inspired by the long and eventful voyage of Odysseus.

Guðbjörnsson is not registering the voyage as such in images, but rather looking at the Odyssey as a fable of the soul spiritual search where the paintings manifest the body of that soul. Men get captivated by delusions in life and are led astray, like Odysseus was. The paintings are therefore, like the Odyssey, a manifest of delusions. The exhibition is divided into two sections, one with large scale paintings from the last three years, the other with older works from 1998-2008.

Guðbjörnsson was starting out as a painter when the proverbial “New Painting” first emerged in Iceland, and his older works are characterized by crude and spontaneous presentation. His style has since then evolved towards a more tender and refined expression.

The talk will take place in Icelandic.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 05.22.2015