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Sculpture park in memory of the foremothers of Icelandic sculpture to open on Women’s Rights Day, 19 June

A sculpture park in memory of women pioneers of Icelandic sculpture will be formally opened at the southwest corner of Hljómskálagarður park on Women’s Rights Day, 19 June, at 19.30. The mayor of Reykjavík will declare the park open, and announce its name.

The park contains sculptures by six women who were pioneers of sculpture in Iceland: Gunnfríður Jónsdóttir (1889 - 1968), Nína Sæmundsson  (1892 - 1962), Tove Ólafsson (1909 - 1992), Þorbjörg Pálsdóttir (1919 - 2009), Ólöf Pálsdóttir (b. 1920) and Gerður Helgadóttir (1928 - 1975). The works displayed are: Landnámskonan/Pioneer Woman by Gunnfríður, Hafmeyjan/Mermaid by Nína, Maður og kona/Man and Woman by Tove, Piltur og stúlka/Boy and Girl by Þorbjörg, Sonur/Son by Ólöf and Skúlptúr/Sculpture  by Gerður.

The project has been under the artistic direction and supervision of the Reykjavík Art Museum. In his report, museum director Hafþór Yngvason states that the park is a monument to the vital pioneering work of the women artists, at a time when they met with incomprehension of their pursuit of art – that the sculpture park, in central Reykjavík, serves to underline the place of the women artists as foremothers of the common artistic heritage of all Icelanders.

The sculptures have been contributed by public agencies and private bodies which support the project. Three of the sculptures are from the Reykjavík Art Museum collection and the National Gallery of Iceland contributes two, while the Smáralind shopping mall has presented Mermaid to the City of Reykjavík.

A website will go online on the opening day, providing information and photographs of the artists and their works and the sculptures in the new park. The website is prepared in collaboration with the Icelandic Love Corporation. The name of the website will be made known at the opening. In addition the Icelandic Love Corporation will show six new works of performance art in the coming months, dedicated to each sculpture. The final performance will be on 19 June, Women’s Rights Day, 2015.

Following the opening of the sculpture park Auður Styrkársdóttir, director of the Women’s History Archive, will lead a Women’s Heritage (Herstory) Walk in downtown Reykjavík. The walk takes place in icelandic.

19.30 Mayor of Reykjavík opens the park
20.00 Guided Women’s Heritage Walk in icelandic.

Music provided by women’s brass ensemble Icelandic Wonderbrass


Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 06.03.2015