Looking In – Sculptures and Models by Katrín Sigurðardóttir – Exhibition opening 3 October

Katrín Sigurðardóttir, Boiserie, 2010

The Reykjavík Art Museum is pleased to present the exhibition Looking In – Sculptures and Models by Katrín Sigurðardóttir, which will be opened at Hafnarhús on 3 October at 4 p.m. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to look into the creative world of the renowned Icelandic artist and observe her working process from conception to completed work of art

Two major works, recently acquired for the museum’s collection, are included in the exhibition, both carrying a strong signature of Katrín’s oeuvre. One of them, Boiserie, which was commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a subject of Sigurðardóttir’s solo exhibition at the museum in 2010, is a detailed replica, at slightly altered scale, of the period room from the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris (1777-80), preserved at the museum. The work is a polyhedral chamber, which guests experience by looking through mirrors decorating the room. The view reveals a snow-white still life of an interior, complete with period furniture, objects and fixtures. Boiserie is emblematic for those of her works where perception is dependent on spatial experience. With unexpected shifts in scale, and at the margins of architecture, cartography and traditional landscape representations, her work challenges established meaning and relationships.

The maquettes on view span a 10-year period from 2004-2015, and are an important documentation of the artist’s process, spatial vision and approach, as well as the development from one project to the next. They are a distinctive addition to the artist’s archives at the Reykjavík Art Museum. The works preserved in these maquettes are an example of the type of contemporary art that exists within a bracket of time and space and many of the works are primarily known in documentation and critical writings.

Katrín Sigurðardóttir (b.1967) is recognized as one of Iceland’s most notable artists, and her work appears in reference book of today’s most significant international artists. 
This is Katrín’s fourth exhibition at the Reykjavík Art Museum. She has had solo exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2010), MoMA PS1, New York (2006), FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France (2006), Sala Siqueiros, Mexico City (2005) and Fondazione Sandretto, Turin, Italy (2004), and at MIT List Visual Arts Center in Boston (2015) and Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art in London (2015).  Katrín Sigurðardóttir’s work can presently be viewed as part of the exhibition Panorama on the High Line in New York, until March 2016.

On Sunday 4 October at 3 p.m. the Reykjavík Art Museum presents Katrín Sigurðardóttir in conversation about the exhibition.