Ongoing exhibitions
AT TWILIGHT - 5.7. - 26.10. 2014
Through time artists have explored and been lured by the mystical space created by promt contrasts of light and shadow and weather transformations. But, the transition of the twilight also affects other creatures than humans and Mother Nature; the contrast to sunlight and daylight is night and darkness when strange creatures are on the move. The local folklore tells tales of night trolls; uncanny creatures who reside in caves and canyons, that if they are exposed to sunlight they turn into stone. For long Icelanders have read various symbols from the land and commonly perceived stone formations as transformed troll figures. From such play of fantasy and conflict between the bright world and the darker forces of nature, folktales are created, even in our times.

The exhibition is intended to provide insight into the process of research and exploration of Icelandic artists on refraction, shadowplay in nature and luminous effect of optical spectra.

The works in this exhibition are all by Icelandic artists from the collection of the National Gallery of Iceland spanning the period from 1900 to 2013, by such artists as Guðmunda Andrésdóttir, Ásgerður Búadóttir, Dodda Maggý, Svavar Guðnason, Spessi (Sigurþór Hallbjörnsson), Gerður Helgadóttir, Ásgrímur Jónsson, Sigurður Árni Sigurðsson, Jón Stefánsson and Þórarinn B. Þorláksson.

GUIDED TOUR IN ENGLISH EVERY THURSDAY AT 12-12.40 pm. Free with admission.
TRACKS IN SAND, Sigurjón Ólafssonar Retrospective - 23.5. - 26.10. 2014
On May 23rd, the National Gallery of Iceland opens a retrospective exhibition of the works of sculptor Sigurjón Ólafsson (1908–1982), whose museum at Laugarnestangi, on the north coast of Reykjavik, became in 2012 a department of the NGI. Ólafsson was one of the most influential Icelandic artists in the postwar era, but the foundation of his career he laid in Denmark during the 1930s and the 1940s. In addition to his active and creative participation of the Danish avant-garde in the perilous era of the occupation of Denmark, he was throughout his life in the forefront of Icelandic sculpture.

The Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum at Laugarnes, in Reykjavik, displays a selection of the sculptor’s works from his schooling period in Copenhagen, 1928–1935, while key works from 1936–1982 are exhibited at the National Gallery of Iceland.
Curators, Birgitta Spur og Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir.

Symposium will be held in relation to the exhibition, September 6th, 1-5 pm. Participants are art historians Aðalsteinn Ingólfsson (IS)Charlotte Christensen (DK), Jens Peter Munk (DK), Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir (IS) and architect Pétur H. Ármannsson (IS). The event will take place in Danish and English.

Sponsors: Landsvirkjun, TVG Zimsen, Verne Global. 

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