Connections – Sculptures by Sigurjón Ólafsson and some of his Contemporaries

  • 20.10.2018 - 6.10.2019, Listasafn Sigurjóns Ólafssonar

Connections – Sculptures by Sigurjón Ólafsson and some of his Contemporaries

 The thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum, 21 October 2018, is marked by an exhibition in which fourteen artists , all of whom had some connection with Sigurjón and his art, engage in dialogue with Sigurjón’s works, in his former studio.

            The artists featured are Erlingur Jónsson, Gerður Helgadóttir, Gestur Þorgrímsson, Guðmundur Benediktsson, Guðmundur Elíasson, Hallsteinn Sigurðsson, Helgi Gíslason, Jón Benediktsson, Kristín Jónsdóttir from Munkaþverá, Páll Guðmundsson of Húsafell, Svava Björnsdóttir, Sverrir Haraldsson, Tove Ólafsson and Örn Þorsteinsson.

            The work of all is characterised by a passion for craft. All set out to create spatial works, whether stone sculptures or three-dimensional works in metal, wood, paper or textiles.

            An illustrated catalogue is published in Icelandic and English in connection with the exhibition: art historian Aðalsteinn Ingólfsson considers the works in a broader context and explores Sigurjón’s relationships with the other artists featured. Some of them may have taken Sigurjón as a role model or maestro, but their works testify that they were also influenced by developments on the international art scene, which they brought to Iceland. Aðalsteinn’s survey of Icelandic sculpture from 1946 to the present is a valuable contribution.

In the gallery on the museum’s upper floor is an exhibition of stoneware ceramics, Recollections of Icelandic Colours, by Swiss artist Sabine Hasler. She has been a friend of the museum from the outset, and in 1993 she designed tableware of pale stoneware for the museum café, carrying the museum logo. She has visited Iceland many times since then, and in this exhibition we see her impressions of Icelandic nature in ceramic and glazes. A painting by Björg Þorsteinsdóttir illuminates the staircase, connecting the two spaces.


Curator: Birgitta Spur


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