Coincidentally, We See Abstractly

Group exhibition

6.4.2024 — 26.5.2024

National Gallery of Iceland

The exhibition Coincidentally, We See Abstractly together three groups of artists of different generations and dissimilar backgrounds. Firstly, a group of artists who emerged in the years around World War II, and worked with the ideology and aesthetics of the abstract. These artists consciously expanded the world of visual perception through a dynamic dialogue with art history, seeking out new and personal approaches in their imagery. Secondly, works are displayed by artists with disabilities, who work directly and freely on the plane and engage in a powerful dialogue with their inner emotional world, and also of course their experience of the world and art of many kinds. Thirdly, works are shown by other contemporary artists, who have received formal art education and work in a range of ways, including the abstract. This group are practising their art at a time when almost anything is permissible and possible – and the dialogue with art history is not necessarily their highest priority. The dialogue may rather be said to be with different material worlds and a reality where commonplace objects and phenomena attain a new and unexpected role and context.

In the exhibition the different worlds of these groups of artists coalesce. Will the observer perceive a work by Guðmunda Andrésdóttir in a new and unexpected way when it is juxtaposed with a work by Ásmundur Stefánsson? And will we see Anna Hrund Másdóttir‘s art differently when we can view at the same time a work by Nína Tryggvadóttir? This exhibition is in a sense an attempt to widen the concept of the abstract, and at the same time to bring together different worlds which hitherto have not tended to overlap.



6.4.2024 26.5.2024


Kristinn G. Harðarson

Project Manager of Exhibitions

Vigdís Rún Jónsdóttir

Marketing and Developement Manager

Dorothée Kirch

Education and Publishing Manager

Ragnheiður Vignisdóttir


Sigurður Gunnarsson

Conservation Manager

Steinunn Harðardóttir

In collaboration with

Treasures of Icelandic Art

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