Artist Talk: Iðavöllur
Artists talk with Guðmundur Thoroddsen and Örn Alexander Ámundason who have works in the exhibition Iðavöllur: Icelandic art in the 21st Century. In Icelandic.
In 2021, Reykjavík Art Museum focuses on the microenvironment, with an aim of displaying the growth of the Icelandic art scene. The whole Hafnarhús becomes the setting for a powerful exhibition of new works by young artists who may be considered to be in the lead for their generation, and assumptions can also be made about the larger context of Icelandic and international contemporary art. It’s been a while since we checked in with what’s brewing among the fastest growing and most prominent artists and reflects subjects and approaches of the present.
Guðmundur Thoroddsen (b. 1980) received his BA from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2003 and MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2011. Guðmundur has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Iceland, New York and Europe. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times and Dazed Digital. He was nominated for the Icelandic Art Prize 2019 for the solo exhibition SNIP SNAP SNUBBUR in Hafnarborg. Guðmundur is represented by Hverfisgallerí in Reykjavík and Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York.
Örn Alexander Ámundason (b. 1984) graduated with a MFA degree from Malmö Art Academy in 2011. Some recent exhibitions and performances include Introduction to Percussion, Kling og Bang (2020) and Tickle, Arsenic in Lausanne (2020); solo exhibitions include Crowd Show, The Living Art Museum (2015) and Some New Works, Reykjavik Art Museum (2016); and Kunsthalle Exnergasse, The Armory Show and Platform Belfast. In 2013 Örn received the Swedish Edstrandska grant. He's a founding member of the artist-led space Open and the exhibition project A Collaboration Monument.
New entrance to Hafnarhús! Enter through the courtyard – from Naustin (between Hafnarhús and Tollhús).