In comparative literature the word affinity is used with reference to resemblances in sentences or phrases. By the same token, one may see affinities in visual art where the structure or composition of artworks displays similarities. This exhibition spans seven decades of Icelandic art but, instead of offering a historical overview, the works of different artists are juxtaposed, two or three together, in order to reveal the affinities between them. The relationships between the works are accidental and do not reflect direct influences or conscious allusions. In most cases the artists have little in common; they are of different generations and have sought inspiration in different ideas and artistic trends. Yet, as artists they face comparable choices, and sometimes we may discern affinities which bring new insights about the works. All of the works are from the collection of the Reykjavík Art Museum.