Ode to Join

Margrét H. Blöndal

28.5.2022 — 2.10.2022

National Gallery of Iceland



28.5.2022 2.10.2022

Project Manager of Exhibition

Vigdís Rún Jónsdóttir

Events and Educational Programme

Ragnnheiður Vignisdóttir


Guðrún Jóna Halldórsdóttir

The exhibition Liðamót / Ode to Join comprises on the one hand drawings made with oil and powdered pigments, and on the other three-dimensional pieces to be made directly into the the exhibition venue as a response to to the space. The Icelandic title Liðamót is a reference to the fact that where three or more joints come together, movement results. In Margrét‘s works, movement arises from partitions to be installed in the space, the placement of the works and the relationship between them. On the other hand, the English part of the title, Ode to Join, is an ode to connections, where each sculpture or drawing becomes one element of a polyphonic music composition. Margrét‘s works transcend words, and are imbued with beauty and a supernatural attraction – and indeed Margrét‘s installations have been likened to symphonic poems.

Margrét H. Blöndal was born in 1970 in Reykjavík, where she lives and works. She graduated in 1993 from the multimedia department of the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts (precursor of the Iceland University of the Arts). In 1997 she completed her MFA degree from Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. During her long career Margrét has exhibited widely in Iceland and internationally since 1994.

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