2007 Posts

Real-Time Festival for Second Year Running

Icelandic Art News
A Bimonthly Web Magazine: September/October 2007

Sequences 2007:

Real-Time Festival for
Second Year Running

Summer is over and Reykjavik gets prepared for a hot October with two young festivals attracting art and music lovers: SEQUENCES and AIRWAVES.

SEQUENCES real-time art festival will be held for the second time 12-21st of October. SEQUENCES emerged out of the art scene and is a low-budget festival which lives from the creative unfiltered energy of the artists in Iceland. The festival focuses on time-based art and links especially music and performance art with the visual arts, such as video, vj-ing and performance. The festival will take place in different locations in the city center of Reykjav�k, accompanied by exhibitions and video/film nights.

The artists participating this year range from some of the most respected Icelandic artists including: Magn�s P�lsson, Steingr�mur Eyfj�rd and Ragna R�bertsd�ttir to some of the best known contemporary artists like The Icelandic Love Corporation, Ragnar Kjartansson and newcomers Kolbeinn Hugi H�skuldsson and MoMs. Accompanying the Icelanders are a wide range of foreign artists all working with time based art such as Doug Henderson (US) and Mader| Stublic | Wiermann (DE). The venues this year are very diverse and range from The National Gallery of Iceland to cutting edge spaces like The Lost Horse gallery. More unconventional spaces are for instance the teletext and the new art magazine Sj�nauki.

Sequences collaborated with music festival AIRWAVES 2006 and this year it will be even more so. Not only in events, like creating visuals for concerts and performances/music happenings but also in promotion. Over this period of time in October the city will be filled with music and art cross bordering with each other.


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Venice, London, Reykjavík

Icelandic Art News
A Bimonthly Web Magazine: July/August 2007


Opening of Steingrímur Eyfjörð’s multi-layered exhibition “The Golden Plover Has Arrived” at the Venice Biennale 2007. See also on CIA.IS.







Venice, London, Reykjavík

Steingrímur Eyfjörð’s exhibition at the Biennale in Venice is proving a success with both critics and audiences and in London’s Serpentine Gallery, the retrospective of works by Hreinn Friðfinnsson has received excellent reviews and attendance. These two high-profile presentations of Icelandic art this summer bode well for Icelandic artists, reflecting the increasing interest in Icelandic art in general as well as, of course, the excellent work consistently produced by both artists over the years.

In Reykjavík, we are gearing up for the coming autumn which will bring us – among many other shows – retrospectives of both the Icelandic Love Corporation and of painter Eggert Pétursson who won second pirze in last year’s Carnegie Award exhibition.



LIST Icelandic Art News. Page last updated 8 Julyl 2007. Texts and images copyright © by the authors. For inquiries and contact information see about us.

A Palazzo in Venice

Icelandic Art News
A Bimonthly Web Magazine: April 2007

Jón Proppé:

A Palazzo in Venice

With Iceland represented by Steingrímur Eyfjörd, everything is now in place for our participation in this year’s Biennale in Venice. Recent years have seen more work and money put into Iceland’s efforts for the Biennale, using the small but well-placed pavilion that Alvar Alto built in the centre of the Giardini exhibtion gardens. This year, however, Iceland will not be using Alto’s building but has instead negotiated the use of one of the grand palazzos of Venice, right on the Canale Grande. This year’s exhibition has also garnered record support from both public and private funds with generous contributions from both the Ministry of Culture and the private company Baugur Group, along with many others.

Iceland’s new home at the Biennale is the Palazzo Bianchi Michiel, also known as “Dal Brusa” after a great fire in 1774 that damaged the pre-existing gothic building. The palazzo was renovated in 1777 and its richly decorated rooms still feature stuccos and frescoes by Jacopo Guarana in the upper floors. Its impressive entrance hall will be used for Steingrímur Eyfjörð’s exhibition. While this new location takes us out of the Giardini, it does provide a very visible presence fronting the canal and is easily accessible by public transportation.

Our current issue focuses on Venice with an article by Christian Schoen, introducing Steingrímur Eyfjörð’s exhibition, as well as an article by Jón Proppé based on an interview with Steingrímur himself, along with a few photographs. Our other features are an interview with Halldór Björn Runólfsson, the new Director of Iceland’s National Gallery, and an introduction to the work of veteran artist Rúrí by Shauna Laurel Jones.


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Iceland on the Canale Grande

Icelandic Art News
A Bimonthly Web Magazine: February 2007

In 2001, Iceland was represented at the Biennale by Finnbogi Pétursson who transformed the pavilion into a kind of loudspeaker. He was of course visited by Eva and Adele, prominent guests at every major art event.






Getting Ready for Venice

Iceland on the Canale Grande

In the last few years, Iceland has been gradually building its representation in the Venice Biennale with more preparation and funding than before. The results have been seen in stronger exhibitions in the little pavilion at the heart of the Giardini where the main sections of the Biennale are mounted. Built in 1956 by Alvar Alto, it was supposed to be a temporary structure for the Finnish represetnation of the time. Finland later rented the pavilion to Iceland which has used it since 1984. This year, however, Finland had plans for it so the Icelandic exhibition of new works by artist Steingrímur Eyfjörð is being housed in another part of the city, close to the centre on the Grand Canal itself. While it is, of course, sad not to be returning to Alto’s small but well-placed building, we have high hopes for Steingrímur’s exhibition and the new location provides more space, which is a welcome advantage. In this issue we look back at the history of Iceland’s participation at Venice and in the next issue we will be taking a closer look at what we can expect from Steingrímur when he opens there in June.

LIST Icelandic Art News. Page last updated 28 February 2007. Texts and images copyright © by the authors. For inquiries and contact information see about us.