NEW SUMMER EXHIBITIONS AT KJARVALSSTAÐIR. OPENING FRIDAY, 15 MAY
FROM UNUHÚS TO WEST 8th STREET
15 MAY– 30 AUGUST 2009 KJARVALSSTAÐIR
The connecting theme of the exhibition is the life career of the Icelandic artists Louisa Matthiasdottir and Nína Tryggvadóttir and their connection with other artists, poets and writers in Iceland and New York. In one way the exhibition focuses on their situation in Icelandic culture in the Second World War and their connections with artists that met frequently in Unuhús “The House of Una”. On the other hand the exhibition will follow Louisa and Nína to New York where they moved in the early forties. Their art will be put in context with the influential movements taking place in the cultural live of New York at that time and tries to throw light on the surrounding they bread in. They both studied in the renowned academy of Hans Hofmann on West 8th Street where they experienced new ideas and met artists that put mark on the cultural life of the city. On exhibit are many works by the two artists which have not been exhibited in Iceland before and also works by their known contemporaries Hans Hoffmann, Robert De Niro Sr., Nell Blaine and Jane Freilicher. Cuarator Hrafnhildur Scram.
About the exhibition
ICELANDIC DESIGN 2009 - Furniture, Product design and Architecture
15 MAY – 9 AUGUST 2009
The exhibition aims to showcase some of the best of Icelandic design today, with the focus on furniture and product design and architecture, in a broad sense. Objects which are in production will be shown, along with selected masterpieces of contemporary architecture. The aim of the exhibition is to present the best of Icelandic design – with respect to aesthetics, form, production and overall design – in a clear and informative manner. The work of about twenty designers will be shown.
The design exhibition will be accompanied by a presentation of new young designers, whose works have attracted attention. This project is presented in collaboration with Aurora Design Fund. Curator Elísabet V. Ingvarsdóttir
The exhibition is organized by the Iceland Design Centre in collaboration with Reykjavík Art Museum and is a part ofReykjavík Arts Festival’s programme.
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