International Museum Day: Gallery Talk
Gallery talk with Sigurður Trausti Traustason, Head of Collections and Research about the two exhibitions that are on view. Ásmundur Sveinsson: Art for the People a retrospective on the works of Ásmundur Sveinsson and Invasion II: by Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter.
The sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson was born in 1893 and died nearly ninety years later, in 1982. He lived through some of the most intense times of history; he was born into the poverty of the of an agrarian colony, with most of the population was striving subsistence farming, but when he died Icelanders had become one of the richest nations of the world, and the country had long ago become a republic with active democracy.
The work of Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter is at once romantic, silly, funny and beautiful. She has experimented with opposites, delicate materials and crafts, as well as clutter and bizarreness.
IMD (International Museum Day) is a global day celebration that takes place annually around or on 18 May. ICOM (International Council of Museums) coordinates this event. The event always highlights a theme that keeps changing each year that’s at the heart of the preoccupations of the international museum community. The International Museum Day gives the chance for professionals of museums to meet people and inform them about the challenges museums face.
The talk is in Icelandic.