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Guided tour through Robert Smithson: The Invention of Landscape

Sunday 27 January at 3 p.m. Reykjavik Art Museum will offer a guided tour through Robert Smithson: The Invention of Landscape - Broken Circle / Spiral Hill, which recently opened in Reykjavik Art Museum –Hafnarhús.

Robert Smithson (1938-1973) is best known as a pioneer of the Land Art movement. This exhibition focuses on his only earthwork in Europe, Broken Circle/Spiral Hill. Created in Emmen, Holland in 1971, the project followed Smithson’s iconic earthwork Spiral Jetty (1970), and was finished only two years before his untimely death in a plane crash. The exhibition offers an insight into almost every artistic medium that Smithson used. His drawings, photographs, letters, and a film that he was working on when he died, document the process of planning and constructing the earthwork and give an insight into Smithson’s visionary concept of “Land Reclamation.” Films about three of his other earthworks—Spiral Jetty, Mono Lake, and Swamp—will also be shown to give a further insight into Smithson’s career.

The event will take place in Icelandic.

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