Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy

21 May — 4 September 2011

Hafnarhús

Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy offers an unusual overview of contemporary Icelandic art. Selected by eight curators, the exhibition is representative of the breadth and diversity of styles and artistic media pursued in Iceland today. Self-reflexive engagement with the very notion of art is a common element in many of the works. The goal is to create a thought provoking exhibition and to generate a dialogue about the meaning of contemporary art. What unifies the exhibition is a unique collaborative approach to curating. All of the eight curators have advanced degrees in philosophy and address every aspect of the exhibition from philosophical standpoints.

We made a little teaser during the preparation of PERSPECTIVES.

http://vimeo.com/24261645

We spoke with several curators about the exhibition and their selected artwork.

http://vimeo.com/24874658  Talk with  Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir

http://vimeo.com/25126514  Talk with Gunnar J. Árnason

http://vimeo.com/25182211  Talk with Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir

Works after the following artist are on display: Alcopley, Anna Líndal, Baldur Geir Bragason, Bára Kristinsdóttir, Barbara Árnason, Birgir Andrésson, Bragi Þór Jósepsson, Claudio Parmiggiani, Dieter Roth, Einar Falur Ingólfsson, Einar Garibaldi Eiríksson, Elías B. Halldórsson, Finnbogi Pétursson, Gabríela Fridriksdóttir, Guðrún Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir, Guðrún Kristjánsdóttir, Guðrún Kristjánsdóttir, Halldór Ásgeirsson, Haraldur Jónsson, Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, Hildur Bjarnadóttir, Hörður Ágústsson, Hrafnkell Sigurðsson, Hreinn Friðfinsson, Huginn Þór Arason, Hulda Stefánsdóttir, Inga Þórey Jóhannsdóttir, Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir, Jóhannes S. Kjarval, Karen Agnete Þorarinnsson, Katrín Elvarsdóttir, Magnús Pálsson, Matthías M.D.Hemstock, Kees Visser , Kristín Jónsdóttir frá Munkaþverá, Kristinn E. Hrafnsson, Kristinn Geir Haðarson, Kristján Davíðsson, Kristján Guðmundsson. Magnús Árnason, Magnús Pálsson, Margrét H. Blöndal, Matthew Barney, Muggur, Nína Tryggvadóttir, Páll Thayer, Pétur Thomsen, Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson, Roni Horn, Rúrí, Sigurður Árni Sigurðsson, Sigurður Guðjónsson, Sigurður Guðmundsson, Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir, Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir,Svavar Guðnason, Þór Vigfússon, Þóra Sigurðardóttir, Þórdís Erla Ágústsdóttir, Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson, Tumi Magnússon, Unnar Örn J. Auðarson, W.G. Collingwood.

Curators are Aðalheiður Lilja Guðmundsdóttir, Gunnar J. Árnason, Gunnar Harðarson, Hafþór Yngvason, Jón Proppé, Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir, Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir and Ólafur Gíslason.

The exhibition is a part of Reykjavik Arts Festival‘s 2011 programme.

Preface Hafthor Yngvason (pdf)


Programme:

Symposium: Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy
Sunday 22 May 2 – 4 pm
The symposium is held in connection with the exhibition Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy, and will explore the relationship between visual arts and philosophy. Many artists have made works where visual/formal concerns are supplanted by philosophical questions concerning the definition of art itself. But can we say that art is philosophical? Are art and philosophy partners or adversaries, with distinct subjects and approaches?
Participants are Aðalheiður Lilja Guðmundsdóttir, Gunnar J. Árnason, Gunnar Harðarson, Hafþór Yngvason, Jón Proppé, Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir, Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir and Ólafur Gíslason.
The symposium will be held in Icelandic.

Sunday 29 May 1 p.m.
Hafnarhús – Perspectives
Philosophy workshop for the family with Brynhildur Sigurðardóttir and Ingimar Ólafsson Waage, teachers of philosophy.

Sunday 29 May  3 p.m.
Hafnarhús – Perspectives
Curators’ talk with Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir and Ólafur Gíslason.

Sunday 5 June 3 p.m.
Hafnarhús – Perspectives
Curators’ talk with Gunnar Harðarson and Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir.

Sunday 19 June 3 p.m.
Hafnarhús – Perspectives
Curator’s talk with Gunnar J. Árnason and Jón Proppé.

Saturday 6 August 2 p.m.
Hafnarhús – Perspectives
Philosophy workshop for young people with Brynhildur Sigurðardóttir and Ingimar Ólafsson Waage teachers of philosophy.

Weekend 13-14 August
Hafnarhús – Symposium: Perspectives
Discussions will focus on the relationship between visual arts and philosophy. Many artists have made works where visual/formal concerns are supplanted by philosophical questions concerning the definition of art itself. But can we say that art is philosophical? Are art and philosophy partners or adversaries, with distinct subjects and approaches?
Speakers include Icelandic and international scholars with background in philosophy.

Sunday 28 August 3 p.m.
Hafnarhús – Perspectives
Curators’ talk with Aðalheiður Lilja Guðmundsdóttir and Hafþór Yngvason.


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