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The Sound of a Bugle in a Shoebox: Magnús Pálsson - A Performance Retrospective 1980-2013

The exhibition will be opened on Saturday 18 May at 4. p.m. at Hafnarhús. A durational retrospective of the performance work of Magnús Pálsson (b. 1929), one of Iceland’s most prolific and influential artists of the last six decades. His roots in and love of  theatre have informed his artistic output, but so has his dedication to experimentation and his unfailing belief in the unity of art forms. Theatre, music, poetry, visual art and choreography all lie within the same experimental space that is Pálsson’s approach to art.

He was an active participant in Iceland’s avant-garde, collaborating with alternative theatre groups as well with visual artists such as Dieter Roth. A founding member of the Living Art Museum, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential teachers of art in Iceland. He was Iceland’s representative at the Venice Biennale in 1980 and has held over 40 one-man exhibitions in Iceland and abroad.

The exhibition is co-produced by the Reykjavík Arts Festival and the Reykjavík Art Museum, in close collaboration with Pálsson himself. The exhibition takes shape over a week of live performances, including the premiere of a new performance by Pálsson.
Curated by Hanna Styrmisdóttir and Jón Proppé

Performance programme
All performances take place at Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús.
Tickets available on-line at and at the door.

Burst Eardrum, Left Side / Sigh:
Saturday 18 May 2 p.m.

I Stand Alone: Casting
Monday 20 May 2 p.m.

Folk Tale / Threefold Magic, Giantfriendly
Thursday 23 May 6 p.m.

Saturday 25 May 7.30 p.m.
Departure from Hljómskálinn.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 30.05.2015