Together with nearly 40 artists from 15 European small nations and regions The National Gallery of Iceland is proud to announce the opening of SUBJECTIVE MAPS / DISAPPEARANCES, as its contribution to the Reykjavík Art Festival, 2013. The exhibition maps the great variety found in the expressive approach of artists from the small nations in Europe; nations with less than one million inhabitants, irrespective of geographical situation or territorial size. By producing fanzines and artist’s books for the exhibition the artists pay tribute to a long tradition of unique publications as means of creative communication.
The small nations of Europe are either confined to limited areas encircled by other countries or surrounded by the sea. Their distribution throughout the Continent makes them the perfect guardians of the different aspects of European culture, stretching from the southernmost point in the Mediterranean to the northernmost point in the Atlantic, crossing an axis drawn from the westernmost country to the easternmost island.
TREASURES - 10.5.-25.8. 2013
During the whole summer three distinct exhibitions will be dedicated to the collection of the NGI, which possesses nearly 10.500 works, foreign and Icelandic, dating from the 16th century to the 21st. Under the common heading - TREASURES - 19th and early 20th Icelandic painting and drawing - the prime of Modern Icelandic art - are displayed in room 2. Wonderful Modernistic landscape paintings from various corners of the island are exhibited in room 3. In room 4, the treasures of Contemporary art from the collection of the National Gallery of Iceland.