Kjarval – key works from the collection
Kjarvalsstaðir is a space where the art of Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval, in whose honour it is named, has been presented in diverse ways since it opened in 1973. In that time extensive research has been carried out on his art and his important place in Icelandic art history.
Many of Kjarval’s works are familiar, but opportunities are welcome to renew the acquaintance from different perspectives, and in the context of time passing. Attitudes to art evolve, and Kjarval’s subjects constantly acquire new significance in the context of the subjects of each time – for example his interpretation of Icelandic nature, and the sensitivity to nature conveyed by his works. Observers will respond differently to Kjarval’s interpretation of Icelandic nature, reflecting individual values. Does the value lie in beauty for its own sake, in the hidden life within it, in our potential for utilisation of nature, or in the transience many people foresee, due to climate change? Each person sees a work in his/her own way, according to the Zeitgeist and personal perspective.