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EXCITING WEEKEND AHEAD

Friday — the 20th of January 2012

There is an exciting weekend ahead for art lovers and aesthetes in Reykjavik. Santiago Sierra initiate the program with a performance, The Black cone in Austurvöllur today at 13.00.

For those who hunger for more Sierra, there is an exhibition opening with his work and polemical documentaries in Reykjavik Art Museum, Hafnarhúsið tonight at 20.00

No pope © Santiago Sierra, photograph courtesy of Estudio de Santiago Sierra 

Saturday — the 21st of January 2012

The unusual exhibition; Cyborg(s):Strange Creators and Creations will be launched in Kópavogur Art Museum, Gerðarsafn tomorrow at 15.00.

The curators of the show are Úlfhildur Dagsdóttir and Helgi Hjaltalín Eyjólfsson but the exhibition is based on the synonymous book by Úlfhildur which explores man´s fearful fascination with machines and technology. The exhibition will be opened by the Icelandic writer, Sjón.

The cover of the book; Sæborgin: Stefnumót líkama og tækni í ævintýri  og  veruleika. Photo taken from Spássían.is

At 17.00 same day, Gallery Kling og Bang will open their first exhibition of the year; Powerful picture (obsession-original) by Erling T. V. Klingenberg.

Sunday — the 22nd of January 2012

The exhibitionUnder Deconstruction by Libía Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson is now running in the National Gallery of Iceland. In relation to the show,  a lecture by the literary scholar; Hjálmar Sveinsson will be held on Sunday at 14.00.

Under Deconstruction was commissioned by the Icelandic Art Center for the Pavilion of Iceland at the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2011 and was curated by Ellen Blumenstein.

Your Country Doesn´t Exist – 2011. Photograph courtesy of Libía and Ólafur

Happy art weekend everyone!

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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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… AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW

Net stroll: 10th of January 2012, Yayoi Kusama (Japan)

Do you need to warm up on a cold winter day?

There is a blinding snowstorm and boundless blackness outside. I seriously need shades in my existence on such a day. So I start my daily net stroll searching the queen of colors — the queen of dots; Yayoi Kusama.

Photos taken from Google images

Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto City, Japan in 1929. She studied Nihonga painting, a rigorous formal style developed during the Meiji period. She was attracted by the experimental promise of the postwar international art scene and ended up moving to the center of the universe — New York City — in 1958. In the early 1970’s Kusama returned to Japan, where she began writing shockingly visceral and surrealistic novels, short stories, and poetry, including The Hustler’s Grotto of Christopher Street (1983) and Violet Obsession (1998).

Kusama — which will turn 83 this year — is not retiring at all. Her countles fans can see a major show by the conceptional artist at Tate Modern in London, from 9th of February until 5th of June 2012.

I’m ending this short-time amusement with lyrics from the Rolling Stones song, She′s a rainbow;

She comes in colors everywhere;
She combs her hair
She’s like a rainbow
Coming colors in the air
Oh, everywhere
She comes in colors

— (Jagger/Richards)

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(Ó)SÝN

On-going: 19th of November 2011 – 8th of January 2012, Gerðarsafn (Kópavogur)

The cover of the 2nd issue of Endemi

Endemi is a new magazine covering Icelandic contemporary art, with a special focus on Icelandic female artists. Affairs on equal rights has been the magazine focal point from the start. The main goal of the editors policy is to make art more accessible to the public and to work towards a more gender-balanced media coverage of art in Iceland.

To celebrate the second issue of the magazine, a group exhibition was recently launched at Gerðarsafn — a proper place for the editors policy — but the museum is dedicated to Gerður Helgadóttir, one of the most prominent Icelandic female artist of the 20th century. In the exhibition (Ó)sýn, fourteen artists were chosen to display their work, twelve women and three men. This unequal gender proportion is supposed to reflect — conversely — the usual 70/30% (70 male /30 female) gender imbalance in management of corporations, state power and the art world in Western countries.

From the exhibition (Ó)sýn

A photograph by Anna Líndal

A painting by Jóhanna Kristbjörg Sigurðardóttir

I´m already looking forward to see the third issue of Endemi but the magazine is for sale in all major bookstores in Iceland. Personally, I think the magazine is a great and very needed addition to the limited media coverage on contemporary art in Iceland.

Thanks for us!

Photographs by Konsthopp

Date: 19th of November 2011 – 8th of January 2012

Curators: Ragnhildur Jóhannsdóttir and Selma Hreggviðsdóttir

Artists: Anna Líndal, Ásta Ólafsdóttir, Guðrún Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir, Eva Ísleifsdóttir, Katrín Sigurðardóttir, Elín Hansdóttir, Þorvaldur Jónsson, Sara Björnsson, Gjörningarklúbburinn, Greg Barret, Birgir Snæbjörn Birgisson and Jóhanna Kristbjörg Sigurðardóttir

Place: Gerðarsafn, Hamraborg 4, Kópavogur

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TOP TEN ART EVENTS OF 2011

Highlights of the year

The first year of Konsthopp has been challenging, exciting and certainly eventful. Over the last couple of months we have visit over two hundred art exhibitions in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and U.K. These exhibitions have been in three descriptive words; wicked, weird and wild. The list below, our highlights of the passing year, includes the three w — and everything in between.

We are already turning our eyes to 2012 and looking forward to it.

Dear readers, thank you for your trusty support and happy new year!

/Írena & Ingunn

#1 Suitable Suits

(Elin Eng; Galleri KG52)

#2 Dreams of Salikon

(Lindalovisa Fernqvist; Meeting ROOM)

#3 Lord of the castle itch yes

(Leif Holmstrand; CHRYSTAL)

#4 De gamla grekiskorna

(Christian Sandell; ID:I galleri)

#5 Back and Forth

(Gatëan Rusquet; ANTI Festival)

#6 Dance Drawings

(Meghann Snow; Young Art)

#7 Devoured

(Johnny Boy Eriksson; Wetterling gallery)

#8 Pure Evil

(Pure Evil; The Scarlett Gallery)

#9 Help Young Worlds

(Ad de Jong; Gallery 1857)

#10 Again words will pass through our bodies, above our heads

(Jenny Grönvall; Studio 44)

Photographs by Konsthopp

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PERPEETUM MOBILE

Date: 19th of November – 18th of December 2011, Kling & Bang (Reykjavik)

I was born to be a traveler. And like most other travelers — I love to meet people who follow their traveler hearts.

Monika Frycova uses travels as an art form. To get between places she travels around on a car, which is in fact one of the weirdest car I have ever seen — an old red-coloured Trabant.

And she makes a clear difference between being a traveler and a tourist:

“A tourist follows a guide but a traveler doesn’t have any map. It´s like a training. You train yourself to go as far as possible without any limitation.” Djöflaeyjan, 29th of November 2011. You can see the whole interview in English here

An installation by Monika Fricova / Kling & Bang 2011

Monika Frycova is a Czech audiovisual artist, performer and a writer that used to study in Iceland and still spends a lot of time there. In Perpetuum Mobile, the artist exhibit photos and videos from her journeys around the world, accompanied by composition. To understand the artist statement more deeply, let´s quote to her words in the exhibition catalogue.

“In this evolution of weaving my personal stories and using improvisation as a creative tool, I haven´t followed any version or model. My investigation focuses on different items — human experiences, the most.” Monika Frycova, Perpetuum Mobile exhibition catalogue, Kling & Bang, 2011.

The historical “Trabant” can now be seen on Hverfisgata

Photographs by Konsthopp

The artist´s journey on the Trabant started in a small village in Czech Republic in 2005. The car, which looks more or less like a sculpture, hasn´t been that easy to travel around in. As a matter of fact, Monika gets arrested all the time for just driving it. Today, she and her Trabant have travelled all the way from Berlin to Iceland, where it is now placed temporarily on Hverfisgata 42, in front of Kling & Bang gallery.

Date: 19th of November – 18th of December 2011, Kling & Bang (Reykjavik)

Artist: Monika Frycova

Place: Kling & Bang, Hverfisgata 42, Reykjavik

Opening hours: Thursday – Sunday, 14.00 – 16.00

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“THE ENERGY, THE EDGE, THE EXPRESSION…”

Artist talk: Johnny Boy Eriksson (Sweden)

It was a typical afternoon in August. The sun was shining, the weather was good. And I was about to enter one of the most remarkable exhibition in my life — so far. Let´s take a closer look.

And in a “simple white gallery”, an absolutely unique world was created with material as basic as a brown duct tape, bought from the nearest hardware store. Being more specific, it took the artist six weeks of preparation, using 3000 rolls of duct tape, equaling 200 km. — Konsthopp, 27th of August 2011

The exhibition: Devoured, one of the most-talked-about exhibition in Stockholm last summer.

The place: Upper-class gallery in the heart of the city, better known as the Wetterling Gallery.

The artist: After a while, I noticed a laid-back guy, wearing long shorts and a white t-shirt, with a black cap turning backwards on his head. The name, “Johnny Boy”, looked good on him.

A talk with the Gothenburg based artist, is a refreshing recreation in the everlasting winter darkness.

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“Devoured” by Johnny Boy Eriksson in Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm 2011

Photograph by Konsthopp

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