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Opening: Perspectives & Posters and Drawings. Hafnarhus, Saturday 21 May at 2 p.m.

The mayor of Reykjavik, Jón Gnarr, will open two exhibitions at Reykjavik Art Museum – Hafnarhús on Sunday 21 May at 2 p.m. The exhibitions are a part of Reykjavik Art Festival’s programme.

Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy
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.
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 ends on 4 September.

Symposium - 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.

Tomi Ungerer – Posters and Drawings
Tomi is an award winning illustrator and a trilingual author. He has published over 140 books ranging from his much loved children’s books to his controversial adult work. He is famous for his sharp social satire and his works forms an important commentary on the social and political changes that have occurred since the second half of the 20th century. Tomi Ungerer turns eighty years old this year and the exhibition at Hafnarhús reflects a fraction of his drawings, which are either directed towards children or adults. The exhibition comes from theTomi Ungerer Museum in Strasbourg, France, and is curated by its director, Thérése Willer. Number of events have been organized in connection with the exhibition.
The exhibition ends on 24 July.
The exhibition is made in collaboration with Alliance Française, French Embassy, German Embassy, Goethe Institute in Copenhagen and the Tomi Ungerer Museum in Strasbourg.

Lecture - Mondy 23 May 5 pm
Thérèse Willer, director at the Tomi Ungerer Museum - International Center of Illustration in Strasbourg, will give a lecture on the French illustrator Tomi Ungerer and his works. The event is hosted by Reykjavik Art Museum and organized by Alliance Française and the French Embassy in Iceland.
The lecture will take place in French with an Icelandic translator.

The exhibition is made in collaboration with Alliance Française, French Embassy, German Embassy, Goethe Institute and the Tomi Ungerer Museum in Strasbourg.



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