Egill Sæbjörnsson represents Iceland at the Venice Biennale

The artist Egill Sæbjörnsson was chosen by the Icelandic Art Center to represent Iceland for the next Venice Biennale. A visual artist, performer, musician and composer, he lives and works in Berlin and Reykjavík. His work makes him interested in magic of technology which causes one to rethink the boundary between the real and illusion. Egill Sæbjörnsson was nominated for the Carnegie Art Award in 2010. The exhibition for the Icelandic pavilion will be created by Stefanie Böttcher, art historian and curator, former artistic director of the Kunsthalle Mainz. She declared that during the upcoming exhibition to be totally convinced that visitors will be completely captivated by experience in the work of Egill Sæbjörnsson. ”Once they are inside, they will become part of the work.” The selection committee that chose the artist brought together the director of the Icelandic Arts Center, Björg Stefánsdóttir, the Director of the l’Akureyri Art Museum Hlynur Hallsson as well as the artist Sirra Sigrún...

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Artist jailed in Iceland for pouring dye into geyser

The artist Marco Evaristti has been jailed for two weeks in Iceland for pouring food colouring into a geyser. The artist poured the red colouring into the geyser, located north of Reykjavik, the fifth time that he has mixed dye with natural landscapes. Despite being jailed for vandalism, the artist maintained that “I do what I do because I’m a painter, a landscape painter who doesn’t use a canvas, I paint directly on nature.” He also commented that: “I do not ask for per­mis­sion be­cause na­ture be­longs to no one. I be­lieve in free­dom of speech and I believe na­ture does­n’t be­long to cer­tain peo­ple, but to every­one.” Evaristti was born in Chile in 1963, but has lived and worked in Denmark since the...

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Neon workshops make use of Northern Lights

Reykjavik, 19 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Neon Workshops is to hold a series of workshops in neon light sculpting in the natural setting of the Aurora Borealis, between 7 and 10 February 2014. Coinciding with the annual Reykjavik Winter Lights festival, 12 participants from all over the world are to be given the chance to explore glass, flame and electricity to create their own neon art works. Celebrated Czech artist Magdalena Jetelová, whose work has previously featured Iceland as subject matter, is to act as the workshop’s artist-in-residence. There are to be neon workshops for participants, regardless of experience levels. The total cost of £980 includes materials, accommodation, breakfast and evening...

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i8 Gallery, Reykjavík, henceforth to represent Margrét H. Blöndal

Reykjavík, 7 February 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). i8 Gallery, Reykjavík, announced it will henceforth represent Margrét H. Blöndal. The first exhibition of the artist at the gallery, along with Silvia Bächli, titled “Open – Wait”, was organised in June 2012. Her work will be represented by the gallery at The Armory Show, to be held in New York from 7 to 10 March 2013. The artist uses a great variety of mediums, and creates drawings, photographs and three-dimensional objects. Her work encompasses subtle metamorphoses, materials – rubber, foam and string – and everyday objects becoming useless or barely recognisable, when put in an unusual context. Margrét H. Blöndal (born in 1970) lives and works in Reykjavík, and her works are regularly exhibited worldwide. She recently had a solo show at the Reykjavík Museum of Art and the Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, and a collective one at Manifesta 7, among others. In 2009, she was in residence at the Laurenz Haus Stiftung,...

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Erró at Art Museum of Reykjavík

Reykjavík, 17 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). Up until 19 August 2012, the Art Museum of Reykjavík is organising a solo exhibition of Icelandic postmodern artist Erró. More than 200 works have been brought together and chronologically organised, ranging from his most ancient works, those produced in 1944, to his most recent works. This way, it is possible to understand the different artistic stages, techniques, and different materials evolving with his work. This artist of international renown has marked a decisive turning point in historical collages when this art became an artistic discipline in itself. Erró was born in Iceland in 1932. Between 1949 and 1954, he studied at Reykjavík, then in Oslo (Norway), and in Florence. His first private exhibition took place at the Montenapoleone Gallery in Milan in 1956. Since, he has featured in more than fifty private exhibitions throughout Europe and the United...

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