Two exhibitions will be opened at Reykjavík Art Museum – Hafnarhús, Friday 13 October at 20h00. Arna Schram, Director of the Department of Culture and Tourism, will open the exhibitions.
Greater-Iceland is a group exhibition with international artists who have settled in Iceland for limited or extended period of time. Participants are Anna Hallin, Claudia Hausfeld, Jeannette Castioni, Joris Rademaker, Rebecca Erin Moran, Sari Cedergren and Theresa Himmer.
Garden is a solo exhibition by Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir. She is the 31st artist to show in the exhibition-series in Gallery D. The series aims to give promising artists a chance to work within the walls of the museum and call attention to new and interesting voices in the art world. In 2017, a total of four exhibitions are planned in the series.
Greater-Iceland places a group of contemporary artists together who have first and foremost, relocated to Iceland and are still single-mindedly making their art despite of doubts and circumstances. The idea for the exhibition is prompted on a hunch that something needs to be told about them and their commitments to art and involvements in the local visual art community. After all this fluctuate of artistic energies are moving around in many cities in the rest of the world.
Curator: Yean Fee Quay.
Anna Hallin was born in 1965 in Olofström, a municipality located in the south of Sweden. She studied ceramics and received her master degree in Sweden at Gothenburg University and later, her second MFA in Studio Arts from Mills College in Oakland, California, USA. She has been living and working in Iceland since 2001.
Claudia Hausfeld was born in 1980 in Berlin, Germany. She has lived in Switzerland and Denmark before moving to Iceland in 2010. She studied photography at Zürich University of the Arts and received a BA from Iceland Academy of the Arts.
Jeannette Castioni was born in 1968 in Verona, Italy. She studied at the Academy of Painting in Bologna, Italy. After moving to Iceland in 2004, she continued her studies at Iceland Academy of the Arts where she received her BA. Later she completed her MFA at Goldsmith’s College, London.
Joris Rademaker was born in 1958 in a small town of Eersel, The Netherlands. He completed his art education in Mollerinstituut, Tilburg and at AKI Academy of Art and Design, Enschede in The Netherlands. He uprooted himself to north of Iceland and settled down in Akureyri in 1991. He has been living and working in the town since.
Rebecca Erin Moran was born in 1976 in Greeley in Colorado, USA. After she completed her BFA studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rebecca moved and lived in The Netherlands before taking up residence in Iceland in 2005.
Sari Maarit Cedergren was born in 1965 in Kauniainen, a small town near Helsinki, Finland. Sari Maarit moved to Iceland in 1986 and has been living and working here since. She acquired her visual arts studies at Konstfack and KTH School of Architecture in Stockholm, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki and at The Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts in Reykjavík.
Theresa Himmer was born in 1976 in Aarhus, Denmark. Her first degree, a master in Architecture was completed at Aarhus School of Architecture. She expanded her focus into visual art and completed her MFA at School of Visual Arts, which was followed by the Independent Study Program at Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York, USA. Theresa moved to Iceland in 2005.
The nature in Tryggvadóttir´s Garden has been transformed. It forms in unforeseen ways when different materials meet and find their own course within the frame of the exhibition.
The transformation process becomes clear to the audience, the works are durational and ever changing.
Curator: Edda Halldórsdóttir.
Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir (b. 1980) studied fine art at Iceland Academy of the Arts and at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. Her recent projects include a solo exhibition at Hverfisgallerí (2016), a group exhibition at Hafnarborg (2016) and participation in Disko Arts Festival in Greenland (2017). Tryggvadóttir is the 31st artist to show in the exhibition-series in Gallery D, but the series aims to give promising artists a chance to work within the walls of the museum and call attention to new and interesting voices in the art world.