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(I)NDEPENDENT PEOPLE

Reykjavík Arts Festival 2012

We are counting down to Reykjavík Arts Festival grand opening …

The focus this year will be on contemporary visual art collaborates from the Nordic and Baltic countries, under the name (I)ndependent People. The project will involve many of Reykjavík’s exhibition spaces, museums, galleries and public space during the festival season and throughout the summer.

We got an opportunity to peek behind the scenes in Reykjavik´s Art Museum earlier this week.  Jóna Hlíf Halldórsdóttir told us about her teamwork with Hlynur Hallson but they will present large-ranging and very exciting project on Saturday. Jóna Hlíf was kind enough to let us in and take a few shoot from the set up.

Photographs by Konsthopp

(I)ndependent People is an extensive project which brings together 29 artist-collectives with the collaboration of over 100 participants. It´s curated by the Swedish curator and theorist Jonatan Habib Engqvist but we will be publishing an interview with him on the opening day.

The festival announcement says:

(I)ndependent People asks if and how collaboration can operate in continual negotiation between contesting ideas and desires, yet allowing unplanned and transformative action.

Saturday 19th of May will be dedicated to openings of the exhibitions. Here is the schedule to our alternative art stroll and you are — of course — welcome to join us:

13.00 – Listasafn Íslands, Laufásvegur 2
14.00 – Myndhöggvaarfélagið, Nýlendugata 15 and i8 gallerí, Tryggvagata 16
15.00 – Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Hafnarhús, Tryggvagata 17
16.00 – Listasafn ASÍ, Freyjugata 41
17.00 – Kling & Bang gallerí, Hverfisgata 42
18.00 – Nýló and Artíma gallerí, Skúlagata 23

And don´t miss the international seminar in the Nordic House on Sunday 20th of May at 13.00.

Have a nice and sunny art weekend!

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IMAGINATION WITHOUT BORDERS

Closed: 21st of April – 6th of May 2012, Hafnarhúsið (Reykjavik)

Students from the departments of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, exhibited their graduate projects at Reykjavík Art Museum – Hafnarhús, earlier this month. The exhibition is usually impressive and this year was no exception.

Let the pictures speak for themselves.

Photographs by Konsthopp

Washing machine, washing the Icelandic flag ; super-sized swing ; cloud machine ; gramophone (Jónófón) in new costume — the imagination was prevailing at every turn at Hafnarhúsið and wholly without any borders.

Cheers everyone!

Date: 21st of April – 6th of April 2012

Artists: Graduation students from Fine Arts, Design and Architecture Department

Place: Hafnarhúsið, Tryggvagötu 27, Reykjavik

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NO GLOBAL TOUR

Performances: 16th – 19th of January 2012 (Reykjavik)

For the last few years, the Spanish “controversial” artist, Santiago Sierra has moved a site and situation specific work from country to country. The project NO Global tour refers to a sculpture, shaped as the word “NO” spelled in an Arial typeface, weighed half a ton, and measured about 5.10 feet high by 13.12 feet long.

Sierra chose the word NO, a negation that could travel around the world and become the monumental leading character in a road movie. In February 2011 the NO, Global tour film was presented at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The NO sculpture outside the Parliament of Iceland

Photo taken from visir.is

The NO Global Tour has travelled to; Lucca, Berlin, Milan, Bernburg, Toronto, Hamilton, Buffalo, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Rotterdam, Maastricht, Brussels, London, New York, Miami Beach, Livorno, Genoa, Monte-Carlo, Marseille, Montpellier, Lourdes, Madrid, Washington, Salamanca, Carrara, Nagoya (Japan) and Katowice (Poland).

Now, it´s possible to spot this globe trot sculpture in Reykjavik!

An exhibition by Santiago Sierra will be launched at Hafnarhúsið next Friday. The Spanish rebel chose the 20th of January to open his exhibition in Iceland, but on this particular day — three years ago — the largest demonstration in the nation history broke out, outside the parliament.

Date: 16th – 19th of January 2012

Artist: Santiago Sierra

Places: Performance held around Reykjavik in relation to Santiago Sierra’s exhibition at Hafnarhús.

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