Past exhibitions


NO POBE - ©Santiago Sierra, photograph courtesy of Estudio de Santiago Sierra

Santiago Sierra

20 January – 15 April 2012

The Spanish artist Santiago Sierra shocks people with his radical and provocative works that challenge the audience‘s sense of propriety. Sierra has been accused of abusing the miserable situation of less fortunate people by paying them for participating in his works with forms of compensation that many consider extremely problematic.

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Iceland Academy of the Arts 2011 setup

Iceland Academy of the Arts – Graduation Exhibition 2012

21 April - 6 May

Students from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in the Fine Arts, Design and Architecture Departments show their finalprojects.

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Erró, Léger, 2009.

Erró and Seven Teapots

22 March – 15 April

In connection with DesignMarch 2012 Reykjavik Art Museum will exhibit seven impressive Chinese porcelain teapots decorated by Erró in 2009 as the initiative of the French publisher Stéphane Klein.

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(I)ndependent People: Collaborations and Artist Initiatives

19 May — 2 September

(I)ndependent People asks if and how collaboration can operate in negotiation between contesting ideas and desires, and yet allow for unplanned action. This large-scale collaborative is organized by the Reykjavik Arts Festival and takes place in a cluster of museums, galleries, artist-run spaces and institutions in the capital area in addition with seminars and related events.

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Erró, The Grand Chiildren of Mao, 2007

Erró – Graphic Art, 1949 – 2009

1 September 2012 – 29 September 2013

For the first time the general public are able to view Erró’s graphic art spanning half a century. The exhibition is the result of three years’ work researching and collating the artist’s entire collection of graphic pieces undertaken by Danielle Kvaran, the exhibition curator.

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Sara Björnsdóttir, HA, 2012

HA – Sara Björnsdóttir

15 September 2012 – 6 January 2013

In the HA installation Sara Björnsdóttir breaks up the immutable space of exhibition room A with living images of the space itself which flow into one another to create a new dimension, an ever-changing optical illusion which makes it possible for the visitor to delve into the space more deeply and to orient himself to its connection with art, the present moment and his own presence in the exhibition space.

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Guðrún Einarsdóttir

The Power of Passage

15 September 2012 – 6 January 2013

As the title suggests, Power of Passage explores the passing moment and its image. The focal point of the exhibition is the large scale Cloth Collapsion by Jóhann Eyfells (b. 1923) which is shown alongside a three-channel video installation created by video artist Þór Elís Pálsson, using his own interviews with Eyfells about his philosophy of art and life.

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Dan Perjovschi, Haloween 2008

News from the Island - Dan Perjovschi

15 September 2012 – 6 January 2013

Dan Perjovschi (b. 1961) works with cartoon and “indoor graffiti”. He draws directly on walls and floors at different locations. His drawings criticize all manner of ‘popular opposites that flood the mass media, shaping our lifestyles and seeping into our thinking via advertising, value clichés, prejudices and narcissist over-estimation of the self.

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Jóhannes S. Kjarval. Dreamship, ca. 1930

Kjarval – Key Works

27 January – 16 December

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Kongsberg Jazz festival Pavilion - Tubaloon

Snøhetta – architecture, landscape, interior

14 January – 4 March 2012

The international recognition that the architecture firm Snøhetta has received is quite unique in a Norwegian context. The firm has won two open, international competitions: Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Oslo’s new Opera House, which have become landmarks in their countries.

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Karen Agnete, Stúlka frá Gautlöndum

My dreamland in the North – Karen Agnete Þórarinsson

14 January – 4 March 2012

The painter Karen Agnete (1903-1992) was one of many Danish women who married an Icelander and moved with their husbands back to Iceland from Copenhagen in the first half of the 20th century, after both having studied at the Danish Art Academy.

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Draumalandið mitt í norðri - Karen Agnete

Architecture and time travel

14 January – 4 March 2012

An open and informative art workshop for families was set up in connection with the exhibitions Snøhetta - Architecture, landscape, interior, and “My dreamland in the North“ - Karen Agnete Þórarinsson, presently in the West Wing.

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Antoni Tapies Dues Mans, 1983

Tàpies – Image, Body, Pathos

17 March – 20 May

The exhibition Image, Body, Pathos shows paintings from more than seven decades of the impressive creative oeuvre of Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies.

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Jóhannes S. Kjarval. Gálgaklettur, 1956

Hangman's Rock - The Delirium of Vision

2 June — 26 August

For about a quarter of a century the painter Jóhannes Kjarval frequented a secluded place in the Garðahraun lava field south of Hafnarfjörður called Hangman’s Rock.

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Svavar Guðnason, Án nafns, 1962

The Lyric Vision – Abstract-Expressionism in Icelandic Art, 1957-1970

8 September – 4 November

As the first retrospective exhibition of Icelandic abstract expressionism, this exhibition marks a watershed in the history of exhibitions of Icelandic artists in this country.

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Kjarval Complete

21 December 2012 - 20 May 2013

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1 June 2013 - 22 September 2013

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Ásmundur Sveinsson

Thoughts in forms

18 April 2012

In the pyramid Ásmundur’s studio has been recreated, to give an idea of his working environment in Sigtún. In a reading room, visitors can learn more about the artist’s life and work.

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Magnús Árnason, Homage, 2011

Magnús Árnason - Homage

30 April 2011 - 22 April 2012

Magnús Árnason´s installation Homage, in the dome of the Ásmundarsafn art museum, refers to Louis Pasteur´s (1822-1895) experiment who´s findings conflicted with the theory of spontaneous generation.

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Úr sýningunni. Ljósmyndari: Pétur Thomsen.

From Sketch to Sculpture - Drawings by Ásmundur Sveinsson

30 April 2011 - 22 April 2012

The exhibition From Sketch to Sculpture – Drawings by Ásmundur Sveinsson presents a small insight into the rich collection of drawings by the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson.

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Ásmundur Sveinsson. Black Clouds, 1947

The Fire Within

5 May 2012 – 28 April 2013

Many of Ásmundur Sveinsson‘s sculptures disclose his agile feelings and reflect his painful loss and heartache. This exhibition in Ásmundur Sveinsson Scuplpture Museum builds on material from the artist‘s emotional quick; a new approach to his body of work.

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