Listasafn Islands

Evening Walking Tour – Delirium of Vision, Thursday 14 June 8-10 p.m.

Jónatan Garðarsson and artist Halldór Ásgrímsson lead a walk through Garðahraun lava field south of Hafnarfjörður to a secluded place often visited by painter Jóhannes Kjarval. Bus ride from and to Hafnarhús, Tryggvagata 17, at 7.30 p.m. The walk is held in relation to the exhibition, Hangman's Rock and the Delirium of Vision - Jóhannes Kjarval’s Dialogue with Nature and Icelandic Art, currently on view at Kjarvalsstaðir.

For about a quarter of a century the painter Jóhannes Kjarval frequented a secluded spot in the Garðahraun lava field north of Hafnarfjörður called Hangman’s Rock. 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 curator Ólafur Gíslason put this exhibition together to look for an answer to the question of what drew Kjarval to this site, what questions he presented to the rock, and why the rock evoked such varied manifestations on the artist’s canvases. 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 and is open to everyone, free of charge.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 03.06.2015