Jóhannes S. Kjarval - Essens
Many exhibitions of Kjarval’s work have been mounted at Kjarvalsstaðir in the thirty three years since the museum was first opened. To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the artist’s birth, the museum is pleased to present a new and rather unusual exhibition. The curators wanted to use the occasion to bring rarely seen paintings into public view and, towards that end, they have based the exhibition mostly on privately owned works rather than on the museum’s vast collection. Our appreciation goes to all who have lent works so this endeavor could succeed. The owners’ commitment to the cultural heritage of Kjarval’s art is commendable. Another distinguishing character of the exhibition is found in its approach. The title, Essence, is a word that Kjarval used for the fundamental aspect of life that he found in art. This is a leading concept for the curators and in its spirit they have placed the art itself everywhere in the foreground. The emphasis is on Kjarval’s favorite motifs as they appear in works of different periods, so visitors can compare the works and sharpen their discernment of the artist’s oeuvre.