Listasafn Islands

The Art Among the People. Ásmundarsafn, Sunday 5 February 2 p.m.

Gallery talk with emphasis on Ásmundur Sveinsson’s work in public space.

Asmundur Sveinsson was one of the pioneers of sculpture in Iceland. He studied at the Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, under the guidance of the sculptor Carl Milles. Early on he was exposed to the traditional view that sculpture should be part of the urban environment. Throughout his life, Sveinsson remained loyal to his belief that art should be for the people and have its place among them. He was called the “poet of the people” in the field of art and undoubtedly this ideal was rooted in his philosophy of life no less than in the traditions of sculpture. Most of his sculptures were conceived as works for public spaces, an integral part of their environment or designed for utility.

The talk takes place in Icelandic.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 01.53.2015