SOMETHING from NOTHING: The Visual Realm of Magnús Pálsson
Curator Talk through the exhibition SOMETHING from NOTHING: The Visual Realm of Magnús Pálsson at Hafnarhús and film screening of the documentary A Silent Explosion.
Magnús Pálsson´s career has been remarkable for the breadth of his activities and his influence. As a teacher, he has had an immense effect on generations of artists. In theater he has created innovative stage sets and experimental plays. As a performance artist, Pálsson is unquestionably a pioneer. In visual art, he is a key player in the great changes that occurred in the field in the sixties and seventies. Revising the nature of artistic creation, a new imagery came about based on a critical stance towards art history up until then, but at the same time opening new ways to the future. Pálsson introduced works that, in some ways, were in the spirit of fluxus, pop and conceptual art, but have proven to be quite unique.
After the talk, Þór Elís Pálson´s documentary A Silent Explosion (1998) will be screened in Hafnarhús.
In the documentary Magnús is followed for 10 years and gives an insight into his practice and thought process.
In Icelandic. Free with admission.