Kjarval: la durée – Symposium
The seminar is held in conjunction with the exhibition Kjarval - la durée.
The exhibition has many rarely seen pieces, particularly from Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval's (1885-1972) early years.
Speakers at the the symposium are Arndís Arnardóttir Curator of the exhibition, Benedikt Hjartarson Professor in comparative literature at the University of Iceland and Ólafur Ingi Jónsson Head of conservation National Museum of Iceland.
During the second decade of the 20th century Kjarval became influenced by prevailing currents in Europe, where various Avant-Garde movements were chiefly characterised by analytical shapes and a turnover of the viewpoint, especially so Cubists and Futurists.
During Kjarval's first study trip to London, in the New Year 1911-1912, he first came into contact with the Futurist movement and it caught his eye. From London he went to Copenhagen to study.
The Italian Futurists arrived there in 1912 with a travelling exhibition, and the following year saw the arrival of the exhibition Cubists and Expressionists.
These exhibitions greatly influenced the Avant-Gardism in Denmark, and Kjarval became acquainted with the latest trends in art and philosophy, which would influence his diverse imagery until the end of his career.
The seminar takes place in Icelandic and is free with admission.