Preface and acknowledgements

Roni Horn has been a regular visitor in Iceland since the mid-1970s. She has traveled around the country more than most Icelanders and sought inspiration in its unspoiled nature. She has struck a core with Icelandic audience, both as an artist and an advocate for the natural environment, but the full breath of her art has never been presented in Iceland until now. This is the first time that her sculpture and pigment drawings as well as large series of photographic work related to Iceland.

Like the exhibition, this book is a retrospective look at Roni Horn’s oeuvre, with particular emphasis on her intimate connection to Iceland.

while the inspiration that Horn has drawn from Icelandic nature is the subject of an essay by Friða Björk Ingvarsdóttir and a commencement speech that Horn delivered at the Icelandic Art Academy in 2006.

It is a privilege for the Reykjavik Art Museum to be able to undertake the exhibition and book project in a close collaboration with the artist.

This exhibition is presented as part of the Reykjavik Art Festival and I like to thank the festival staff for the collaboration.

Established in 1973, the museum is the largest visual art institution in Iceland. Its mission to present contemporary art in its many manifestations is carried out through diverse programmes at the museum’s three venues: Hafnarhús, Kjarvalsstaðir, and the sculpture museum and park, Ásmundarsafn.

I like to take this opportunity also to extend our gratitude to Kaupthing Bank, whose generous contribution helps make this publication possible, and to Samskip for sponsoring the shipping of the works for the exhibition. Many thanks also to the lenders of the works and to Horn’s galleries Hauser and Wirth and Gallery i8. I am particularly grateful to Cornelia Providoli of Hauser and Wirth for the extensive help that she has provided throughout the planning of the exhibition. Finally, I want to thank Roni Horn herself for her interest and cooperation in this endeavor. She has designed this book in close collaboration with Börkur Arnarson and for this too we owe her thanks.

Hafthor Yngvason
Director, Reykjavik Art Museum

 

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