Listasafn Islands

Erró made honorary citizen of Reykjavík

Erró and Mayor Jón Gnarr at the ceremony

The City Council of Reykjavík agreed at its meeting on Thursday 30th August to making the artist Erró an honorary citizen of Reykjavík. Mayor Jón Gnarr announced this at a ceremony at the opening of an exhibition of the artist's work in Reykjavík Art Museum on the 1st of September 2012.

By giving Erró this recognition, Reykjavik thanks him for invaluable contribution to Reykjavik, but Erró has for long been the nation's best known contemporary artists internationally.

So far, only three people have been made honorary citizens of Reykjavík; Rev. Bjarni Jónsson in 1961, Kristján Sveinsson ophthalmologists in 1975 and former President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir in 2010.

Erró grew up in Kirkjubæjarklaustur but moved to Reykjavík when 14 years old and lived with his grandmother and Gudmunda S. Kristinsdóttir, his aunt at Frakkastígur 10. He attended high school and then the Icelandic School of Arts and Crafts in Reykjavík. Erro had his first major solo exhibition in Listamannaskálinn in 1957.

Erró has always been a true friend of Reykjavik. In 1989, he gave the city a major collection of his works, some 2,300 pieces of art. It has since increased and Reykjavík Art Museum now owns nearly 4,000 works,  spanning the artist's career from childhood.

At the ceremony Erró was extremely pleased and said that he would try to be a good honorary, pay his taxes and go to church on Sunday mornings.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 03.05.2015