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The exhibition Cadences of Line and Color will be opened at Reykjavík Art Museum, Hafnarhús on Saturday 1 February at 8 p.m.

Still from Radio Dynamics by Oskar Fischinger

This exhibition showcases works of art in the spirit of “visual music” by over 30 artists. Curators are Hafþór Yngvason, Yean Fee Quay and Jón Proppé. The exhibition opening will coincide with the opening of the inaugural Reykjavík Visual Music–Punto y Raya Festival, which will be held at the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre from 30 January –2 February.

The exhibition is made up of three parts: First, the historical background to the art form is established through its main pioneers – Viking Eggeling, Thomas Wilfred, Oskar Fischinger and John and James Whitney.

The second part of the exhibition consists of new installation, Trajectories, that combines video work by Sigurður Guðjónsson and an electronic/piano composition by Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Decore (aurae) by the artist Dodda Maggý and works by the American artist Jeremy Blake.

The third and final section curated by Jón Proppé, consists of smaller works by over 20 artists that illustrate the relationship between music and abstract art in Iceland.

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Reykjavík Centre for Visual Music and will open at the inaugural Reykjavik Visual Music Festival, ( The new work by Sigurður Guðjónsson and Anna Þorvaldsdóttir was commissioned specifically for the festival by the Reykjavík Centre for Visual Music. The exhibition and the festival are funded by Friðrik Steinn Kristjánsson through the Silfurberg Art Fund.

About visual music
Since the early twentieth century, artists in search of abstract forms of expression have sought inspiration in music. The pioneers of abstract painting consciously looked to musical aesthetics in order to develop a new kind of painting without reference to external reality. In due course, in the 1920s, avant-garde artists began experimenting with the new possibilities of film technology to create visual music. Since then, with the advent of video, and increasingly sophisticated means for working with music and images, artists have been able to develop this art form even further, to make works in the spirit of visual music without requiring a team of technicians to do so. Thus the concept of visual music can be traced through art history from the beginning of the twentieth century until the present day.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 01.57.2015