Culture Night 2013 opens with an unveiling of a sculpture by Rafael Barrios
Rafael Barrios, Obtusa.
Reykjavík Culture Night 2013 will be officially launched on, 24 August at 12.30 p.m. with an unveiling of a sculpture by the American artist Rafael Barrios at Höfðatún. The Mayor of Reykjavík, Jón Gnarr will unveil the work, Obtusa.
The owners of Obtusa, Skúli Mogensen og Margret Asgeirsdottir, offered to loan the sculpture to Reykjavík Art Museum after seeing how magnificent it was on Park Avenue in New York.
Reykjavík Art Museum invites guests after the ceremony to participate in a guided tour along Sæbraut with Heiðar Kári Rannversson project manager who will discuss the public art along the way.
Last winter nine sculptures by Barrios were exhibited along aPark Avenue in Manhattan, New York. Obtusa was one of them. Passers-by could view the works from many different angles, and the exhibition attracted huge attention and admiration. The location of the Obtusa in Reykjavík has been chosen to provide a similar experience of viewing the piece – people can walk around the sculpture, observing the way the shapes change from different viewpoints. The site is in a vibrant business district of the city. The work Obtusa which is 4 m tall, appears to comprise four three-dimensional forms; but viewed from the side is under a centimetre in thickness.
Rafael Barrios (b. 1947) is internationally recognised for his art. Many art collections around the works own works by Barrios, such as the Caracas Contemporary Art Museum in Venezuela, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada, and the Museum of Outdoor Sculpture of Alcalá de Henarés, Spain.
Hafþór Yngvason, Director of the Reykjavík Art Museum:
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“I am very happy that the public in this country should have the opportunity to enjoy this sculpture by Rafael Barrios. Obtusa works well in its location by Höfðatorg, and it is readily accessible. I hope that it will receive the same attention and admiration in Reykjavík as it did in New York last year.”