Listasafn Islands

Gallery talk – A New Art Emerges. Kjarvalsstaðir, Sunday 23th of October at 3 p.m.

Curator Jón Proppé, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and Erlingur Gíslason discuss experimentation and avant-garde theater in the 1960s. The event is held in relation to exhibition A New Art Emerges, which researches the dramatic generational shift in Icelandic art in the mid-1960s.
What happens when a new paradigm in art takes over from another? Does one simply merge into another or are there conflicts and cross currents?

The landscape art that had dominated the first half of the century no longer answered the call of the times and while abstraction had gained many followers in the 1950s, its influence was already waning. Similar changes took place in literature, theater and music – the spirit of experimentation was felt everywhere. The new generation wanted something entirely new and was prepared to look in the unlikeliest places to find inspiration. The exhibition explores the exciting new art produced in this period and atmosphere on the cultural scene as a new art began to emerge.

The talk will take place in Icelandic.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 07.08.2015