Four-part course exploring the life and art of Ásmundur Sveinsson
ART READY: Ásmundur Sveinsson – Art for the people
The course provides insight into Ásmundur Sveinsson's art and life. He was among the pioneers of Icelandic sculpture and introduced Icelanders to new ideas about art of the 20th century. Ásmundur was inspired by Icelandic Sagas and folklore, society and technological advances in the 20th century also provided him with a rich source of ideas.
The course is based on research work done in connection with a new book on Ásmundur Sveinsson and his art, published by the Reykjavík Art Museum in 2017.
The course is held on Saturday mornings in April at 11h00 in Ásmundarsafn Sculpture Museum, Sigtún. The course is held in Icelandic.
Kristín Guðnadóttir, art historian, focuses on Ásmundur Sveinson's life and career, certain periods in Ásmundur's art, his personal pursuits as well as social factors that influenced the development of his art.
Eiríkur Þorláksson, art historian, discusses the international influences in Ásmundur Sveinsson's art. Ásmundur's sculptures are connected to the general development of European art in the 20th century, especially when it comes to the formal aspects of his development.
Pétur H. Ármannsson architect discusses Ásmundur Sveinsson's house at Freyjugata and Sigtún. Ásmundur´s interest in architecture and artistic formulation of the urban environment is attributable to his academic years at the Swedish Art Academy in Stockholm.
Hjálmar Sveinsson philosopher discusses the art of Ásmundur Sveinsson in public spaces. Ásmundur wanted his work to be placed out in the city so that citizens could enjoy them in their everyday lives. What role does public art have in a city? What kind of art does society need?
Participation fee is ISK. 12.000.
Course fees must be paid a week before the course commences to confirm participation.
The course is subsidized by most unions. Students, senior citizens and disabled people receive a discount and for annul pass holders together with the owners of the Árskort Museum of Art and Reykjavík Culture Card.
Art Ready are short courses organized by the Raykjavík Art Museum for people of all ages. The program offers art historical education as well as training in practical skills.