50 Years of Icelandic Art at the Venice Biennale

5 February - 25 April 2011

Kjarvalsstaðir

As groundwork for the exhibition is a newly published research of Iceland’s participation in the Venice Biannale in Italy, which is first of its kind ever made on the subject. Icelandic artists have had their representative at this major international contemporary art exhibition for fifty years but their regular participation did not start until the year 1984. The Venice Biannale takes place once every two years and is claimed to be one of the world’s most important forums for the dissemination about the current developments in international art. In the year 2009 seventy seven nations took part in the Biennale and the number is still growing.
Curator is Laufey Helgadóttir.

Preface Hafthor Yngvason

Curator text,(pdf)

Artists, committees and exhibition curators, 1960 - 2011, (pdf)

Programme:

Sunday 6 February  3 p.m.
Kjarvalsstaðir – 50 Years of Icelandic Art at the Venice Biennale
Artist’s and curator’s talk.
The Spanish/Icelandic artist duo Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Iceland’s representatives at the Venice Biennale 2011, and curator Ellen Blumenstein discuss the project.

Sunday 13 February  3 p.m.
Kjarvalsstaðir – 50 Years of Icelandic Art at the Venice Biennale
Gallery talk with Ragnar Kjartansson.

Sunday 27 February  3 p.m.
Kjarvalsstaðir – 50 Years of Icelandic Art at the Venice Biennale
Gallery talk and workshop for the family.

Sunday 6 March   3 p.m. 
Kjarvalsstaðir – 50 Years of Icelandic Art at the Venice Biennale
Gallery talk with the participation of artist Magnús Pálsson.

Sunday 20 March   3 p.m.
Kjarvalsstaðir – Symposium
50 Years of Icelandic Art at the Venice Biennale
Symposium organized by Reykjavik Art Museum in collaboration with the Center for Icelandic Art. Moderator Fríða Björk Ingvarsdóttir.

Sunday 17 April    3 p.m.
Kjarvalsstaðir – 50 Years of Icelandic Art at the Venice Biennale
Gallery talk with the participation of artist Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson and Hanna Styrmisdóttir, curator of the Icelandic pavilion 2007.

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Jón Gunnar Árnason, Cosmos, 1982. Courtesy of National Gallery of Iceland

Jón Gunnar Árnason, Cosmos, 1982. Courtesy of National Gallery of Iceland





 

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