Listasafn Islands

Curator’s talk with Ólafur Gíslason, Kjarvalsstaðir - Hangman's Rock - The Delirium of Vision, Sunday 3 June 3 p.m.

Art historian and curator Ólafur Gíslason will lead a talk through the exhibition Hangman's Rock - The Delirium of Vision which opened at the Reykjavik Art Museum – Kjarvalsstaðir June 2nd.

Ólafur Gíslason put this exhibition together to look for an answer to the question of what drew the painter Jóhannes Kjarval to Hangman’s Rock for about a quarter of a century. A secluded spot in the Garðahraun lava field north of Hafnarfjörður. There doesn’t seem to be anything unusual about this particular spot in the Icelandic lava fields, but despite this Kjarval created a large number of paintings there, which constitute the foundation of this exhibition on the Delirium of Vision.

The exhibition aims to shed new light on the phenomenology of visual perception, and how its paradoxes are echoed in the work of other Icelandic artists who are either directly or indirectly influenced by the visual philosophy of dissolving borders between external and internal reality that we find in Kjarval’s works.

The talk takes place in Icelandic.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 05.53.2015