You are cordially invited to the opening in Árbæjarsafn, Friday, May 30th at 5pm.
Erla Silfá Þorgrímsdóttir, Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir, Sæmundur Þór Helgason & Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson. Anna Hrund Másdóttir, Arna Óttarsdóttir, Arnar Ásgeirsson & Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson.
The exhibition and publication that is also being celebrated on this day, derives its contents and inspiration from the artist-run Gallery Suðurgata 7 that ran in Reykjavik´s center from 1977-1982 and now stands in Árbæjarsafn. The gallery group consisted of emerging artists and during its time left a significant impact on the local art scene with its dynamic program and the publication of the art-magazine Svart á hvítu [Black on White]
Four emerging artists have now been invited to show their work for the exhibition; Erla Silfá Þorgrímsdóttir, Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir, Sæmundur Þór Helgason and Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson, using site-specific emphasis. Four additional artists have also been selected to infiltrate the historical displays that precede the exhibition in the museum, Anna Hrund Másdóttir, Arna Óttarsdóttir, Arnar Ásgeirsson and Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson.
The project creates a point where two dissimilar institutions are able to meet, the Living Art Museum and the Reykjavík City Museum. The former keeps documents correlating to the history of Gallery Suðurgata 7 in its Archive of Artist Initiatives, while the latter preserves the building itself, relocated in one piece in 1983 to Árbæjarsafn, where its history dating back to the turn of the century is laid out.
The project is done in association with the Reykjavik Arts festival.
Duration 31st May – 31st August
Curators Unnar Örn Jónsson & Heiðar Kári Rannversson
Project management Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir & Bergsveinn Þórsson