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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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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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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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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.

Check out our new artist talk here!

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

Photograph by Konsthopp

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The day of none-art: 1st of November 2011 (Reykjavik)


1. Do not go to museums, design museums or galleries that holds any art works.

2. Do not look at art works, including paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations — whether it is inside or outside.

3. Do not go to concerts.

4. Do not listen to music — either from CD´s, vinyl records, cassettes, digital music players or smart phones (ringtones included).

5. Do not play video games with graphic images.

6. Do not go to dance performances.

7. Do not read novels, poetry or any other text that might be considered literature.

8. Do not go to theaters.

9. Do not watch a film — neither in a cinema, nor in computer, television or at any other screen.

10. If any kind of artwork is displayed on television; f. ex. in the news or in some advertising — you should close your eyes or look away.

11. If you hear music on the television or in the radio — you should turn it down.

12. Do not look at buildings which are designed by architects.

13. Do not watch or walk in gardens which are designed by landscape architects.

14. Do not watch or wear clothing by fashion designers.

15. Do not do anything or enjoy anything that could be interpreted as art or have artistic value, including work of dancers, designers, actors, artists, writers and musicians.

This text is translated by Konsthopp from the Sím homepage (The association of Icelandic visual artists).

Could you live without art?

A society without art is bound to be truly poor.

Photograph by Konsthopp

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Alt_cph11 encounters: 16th – 18th of September 2011 (Copenhagen)

This time we’re located at Istedgade — a street mostly associated with cheap hotels, drugs and porn — where we’re about to see our very first Peep Show.

It’s sticky, moist, secret and dark — but indeed no ordinary Peep Show.

Christin Johansson established Window 107 in 2004, a gallery window on Istedgade that exhibits objects and projects by all kind of ceramists. Her initiate with the small-scale but wide-open gallery was to attract a wider audience and give random passersby the opportunity to experience new, contemporary ceramic arts. In addition, the project behind Window 107 takes an aim at getting rid of the old stereotypes of ceramics being bland, brown and boring.

At alt_cph11 encounters, these stereotypes were certainly proved wrong, as the gallery exhibited Denmark’s very first Clay Peep Show. A show that was in fact bold, brilliant and by all means amusing!  

Presenting some of Denmark’s most prominent —but often shy— ceramists, the audience was given the opportunity to get a live insight into the “…otherwise secret, sticky, brown and moist universe of ceramics”. By drawing or writing down personal perception of the art form, the viewer could directly influence the characters and creative process of this spectacular show. Trough the small holes of the peep box, the audience was thereafter able to spy on each artist and closely observe the creation process — in an interesting combination with a discoball, music and some dancing!

Photographs by Konsthopp

Nordic ceramists are widely recognized but have unfortunately become rarities in Danish galleries. On our trip to Copenhagen we were lucky enough to visit an atelier of artists, ranging from sound artists and photographers, to of course — ceramists.

To see our latest workshop visit, click here

The show must go on!

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On-going: 1st of September – 1st of October 2011, Peter Bergman (Stockholm)

What are they?

Where do they come from?

Made of contrasting material — looking primitive, unconscious and poor — I was captivated by the sculptures standing in front of me, with a somewhat confident grin on their faces.

Queen of the Underground / Daniel Jensen (2011)

Peppermint / Daniel Jensen (2011)

Morning Dew / Daniel Jensen (2011)

Coral / Daniel Jensen (2011)

Photographs by Konsthopp

So — still a bit hypnotized — I just wanted to let you know that this week is the last to see Daniel Jenssen’s exhibition at Peter Bergman. An exhibition with a mystical undertone yet fascinating figures that are hard to overlook.

Date: 1st of September – 1st of October 2011

Artist: Daniel Jensen

Place: Peter Bergman gallery, Torsgatan 41, Stockholm

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12.00 – 17.00 ; Saturday, 12.00 – 16.00

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On-going: 2nd of September – 16th of October 2011, UKS (Oslo)

“Living human beings of beauty” — George Kuchar (1942 – 2011)

Photograph by Konsthopp

Still carrying my luggage, holding my heavy camera and a street map — trying every now and then to figure out wherever I was — I finally arrived to UKS, just five minutes before closing.

When I walked through the hallway, I encountered white candles and a photograph of a familiar face. The man on the photo was George Kuchar, one of the artist behind “The new lands”, who sadly passed away few weeks ago.

For those who didn´t know him, George Kuchar was an American filmmaker, who inspired underground film directors like John Waters and David Lynch in the 1960’s. His ability to make movies on a shoestring was a point of pride for him, and a motivation to several generations of young filmmakers.

P. Adams Sitney, a founder of Anthology Film Archives said recently in a NY-times interview dedicated to Kuchar:

  “His influence is incalculable — the whole world of YouTube is where you see it”

In spite of my little time and the confusion over Mr. Kuchar death, I didn´t have a spare moment to consider, understand or accept the exhibition. Instead, I snapped several photos which you can see here!

If you haven´t discovered George Kuchar yet, I encourage you to check out  his experimental films and videos. May he rest in peace.

Date: 2nd of September – 16th of October 2011

Artists: Eva DrangsholtGeorge Kuchar and Paul Gauguin

Place: UKS, Lakkegata 55D, Oslo

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10.00 – 17.00 ; Saturday – Sunday, 12.00 – 17.00

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On-going: 2nd of September – 9th of October 2011, 1857 (Oslo)

Quiet, peaceful, easy…

There is something special about Sundays. Either you love them — or you hate them.

I’m one of those Sunday lovers. My first experience of a Sunday morning in Oslo didn’t let me down either as I was about to have the most interesting meeting of the trip. A meeting with the Dutch artist and pioneer —  Ad de Jong.

In “Help young worlds” — his first solo exhibition in Scandinavia — Ad de Jong presents four different sculptures. The sculptures are a part of a larger project, Start a New Art World, which was first launched by the artist few years ago and has today resulted in a wonderful book.

In the year of 2000 the artist began a series of sculptures using epoxy resin. Back then, he started producing large-scale installation and wall-based works, which today still remain the core of his artistic practice.

The largest sculpture in this exhibition was produced especially for Gallery 1857, a six-meter long cylindrical model, composed of large intersecting cones and colourful freckles. The viewers are welcome to touch, smell and feel the work — a significant factor for an overall experience of the show.

Photographs by Konsthopp

Ad de Jong has been a vital part of the Dutch art scene since the late 1970s. After graduating in 1979, he gathered some hands and framed W139 — an exhibition space for contemporary art, located in the heart of Amsterdam.

Luckily for us, the artist was present at Gallery 1857 this particular Sunday morning. Laid back, open for discussion and ready to share his exclusive comprehension of contemporary visual art, it was easy to be around him.

“Easy like a Sunday morning”.

Date: 2nd of September – 9th of October 2011

Artist: Ad de Jong

Place: 1857Tøyenbekken 12, Oslo

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12.00 – 17.00 ; Saturday – Sunday, 12.00 – 16.00 

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Nordic art fair: 16th – 18th of September 2011, Forum (Copenhagen)

Ólafur Elíasson – Andersens Contemporary (DK)

A total of 81 Nordic galleries gathered together last weekend in Forum — a huge event-building — where The Nordic Art Fair, Art Copenhagen was held for the 15th time. Like in recent years, the Danish art scene was in the foreground, represented with 52 art galleries while 29 of the exhibitors came from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Faeroe Islands.

A number of galleries were on board for the first time; Lautom Contemporary (Oslo), Björkholmen Gallery (Stockholm) and Andersen’s Contemporary gallery (Copenhagen) were all newcomers to the Nordic art fair. Regulars included Andréhn-Schiptjenko (Stockholm), Elastic (Malmö), Galeria Anhava (Helsinki) and I8 (Reykjavík). The fair also passed a milestone, as art collectors from all around the world participated in a special organized VIP program. The fair is owned by Forum Copenhagen, which together with a fair committee is responsible for artistic management as well as selecting all of the participating galleries.

Konsthopp was in Copenhagen over the weekend, so of course we couldn’t miss the chance to check it out. It was our first time there, and believe me when I say that it was HUGE.

Assa Kauppi – Andersson Sandström (SE)

Thordis Adalsteinsdottir – Galleri Specta (DK)

Smike Käszner – Gallery Poulsen (DK)

Andreas Golder – Galleri Larm (DK) 

Maria Rubinke – Hans Alf Gallery (DK)

Bojan Radojcic – Galerie Pi (DK)

Yoko Ono – Wanås (SE)

Photographs by Konsthopp

These photographs hopefully give a little glimpse of what we saw at Art Copenhagen but are just a tiny piece of our whole “art experience” in the city.  So stay tuned, there is more to come!

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