Symposium: Single person history – National History
A one day conference on the theme of single artists’ collections within public museums.
The conference will delve into the history, relevance and future of these types of museums in Iceland. A number of institutions in the country preserve vast collections of artworks from certain artists, for example The Reykjavik Art Museum with artists Kjarval, Ásmundur Sveinsson and Erró, Einar Jónsson Art Museum, Museum of Gerður Helgadóttir and more.
A keynote speech will be given by Onita Wass, director of Millesgården – the home and museum of sculptor Carl Milles in Stockholm, Sweden. Icelandic sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson studied under Milles and was very much influenced by him early in his career.
The aim of the conference is to shed light on the inner workings of these institutions and collections. Are they active institutions or are they doomed to stagnate? Are these collections a boon or baggage for the museums? Do these museums strengthen the art history of the country or do they work to skew it?
The event will be held in Icelandic.