Kjarval Complete 2 – The Banks‘ Collections
5 Oct. 2013 – 26 Jan. 2014
Over the years Icelandic banks have purchased and conserved many works by Icelandic artists, and they own large collections of art works by Jóhannes S. Kjarval, one of Iceland’s leading artists of the 20th century. The paintings normally hang in meeting rooms and public halls of bank branches all over Iceland, but this exhibition will provide an unprecedented opportunity to see the banks‘ entire Kjarval collections in one place.
The exhibition is one aspect of the Reykjavík Art Museum‘s intention to provide as comprehensive a view as possible of Kjarval‘s oeuvre. The Museum has displayed all of its own Kjarval works at the exhibition Kjarval Complete, which stood from December 2012 until May 2013. On this occasion the spotlight is on Kjarval‘s art owned by Icelandic Banks. These include many masterpieces never before seen publically exhibitions. The works are hung in the spirit of the salon, covering the walls of the galleries from floor to ceiling.
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Throughout the duration of the exhibition, representatives from Arion Bank, Íslandsbanki and Landsbankinn will present works by Kjarval that belong to their collections.
Jóhannes S. Kjarval, Hvítasunnudagur, 1917