Archive for May, 2017

The Living Art Museum releases the book Án titils / Untitled

May 26 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Án titils / Untitled
Ólafur Lárusson

Edited by: Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir & Becky Forsythe
Design: Studio – Studio(Arnar Freyr Guðmundsson & Birna Geirfinnsdóttir)
Translation: Kolbrún Ýr Einarsdóttir, Becky Forsythe
Proofreading: Auður Aðalsteinsdóttir, Guðrún Inga Ragnarsdóttir, Elin Thordarson
Selection of photographs and material from the Ólafur Lárusson Archive: Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir & Becky Forsythe
Other documentation: Vigfús Birgisson, National Gallery of Iceland
Icelandic / English
pgs. 184
230 x 170 mm
Price: 4.900 ISK
Edition 700
The Living Art Museum
ISBN 978-9935-24-167-2

On June 2nd The Living Art Museum will release Án titils / Untitled, a publication of the works, archival material and contributions made by artist Ólafur Lárusson (1951-2014), one of the museum’s founding members.

The book follows the exhibition Rolling Line, now occupying The Living Art Museum in the Marshall House until June 11th.

Án titils / Untitled includes a large selection of archive material from Ólafur´s studio, acquired by the museum last year as a gift on behalf of the artist by his family.

The book also includes an introductory text by Halldór Björn Runólfsson, and interviews with Ólafur´s friends and contemporaries, including Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Hildur Hákonardóttir, Kees Visser, Kristján Guðmundsson, Magnús Pálsson, Níels Hafstein, Rúrí, Sigurður Guðmundsson and Þór Vigfússon.

The artist´s own voice also comes through in fragments of interviews taken with Ólafur and closely connected to a chronology following the life of the artist.

This is the first time that a book is published on Ólafur Lárusson´s work.

The book is edited by Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir and Becky Forsythe, and designed by Studio – Studio, Arnar Freyr Guðmundsson and Birna Geirfinnsdóttir.

We hope that this publication and the exhibition Rolling Line, which span a decade of Ólafur´s practice, contribute to a better understanding of the artist and his work.

An artist’s archive is inevitably personal; an unedited history hidden away and tucked between the pages of an otherwise organized order of things. Unfinished or incomplete ideas hinting towards the ongoing process of creativity surface in the immediacy of the material and the mark of the artist´s accidental habits and gestures. Access to this intimate parallel allows our own imaginations to run wild in the freedom of Ólafur´s world. In the process it becomes possible to continue history by adding footnotes and rearrangement. The things left behind become moments anew. The past is pulled into the present. And the black and white recording is seen in colour again.

Wandering through the material has been a joint venture with the artist that has stood us alongside those audience members in 1978. The relevancy of his works and archival memory have enabled us to gaze upon Ólafur as he stood where the grass grew, or collaborated with the wild Arctic Terns. When he somersaulted “out and about in the mountains”, and buried his head under the moss-covered landscape, crashed through the glass, and rolled himself up in dandelions, paint and smoke with the dead-end rainbow. In his endless curiosity, sentimentality and unshakable romance with nature and his environment, his view through the lens, the ritualism, and his resonating lightness, humor and adventure. Sorting through the piles that assemble the Ólafur Lárusson Archive has been full of echoing black and white rainbows and moments of dust sparkles glittering gold in the passed and blazing sunlight.”

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Summer Opening Hours in Breiðholt

May 17 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Over the course of summer 2017 The Living Art Museum in Breiðholt will be open every other Wednesday between 10-14 beginning May 24th.

Open dates:

May 24, June 7, June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, August 16 and August 30

and by special appointment.

Guests are invited to take this opportunity to visit the current exhibition READ THROUGH, which focuses on thematic research done by curator Heiðar Kári Rannversson into the museum´s bookwork collection and the nature of this specific medium.

Although The Living Art Museum´s primary exhibition space and office has moved to The Marshall House and LHÍ student-run gallery RÝMD has moved into the former bakery in Völvufell, the museum continues to house the collection and operate a collection project space in Breiðholt, where exhibitions provide an opportunity to for school and group visits, and to fulfil research requests.

To book a school visit or guided tour please follow here.

For further questions and to inquire about making a special appointment please contact collection manager Becky Forsythe at archive(at)

Please note that although we do our best to fulfill requests, it is not always possible to so without proper advance and we ask kindly that special requests be made with that consideration.

The Living Art Museum in Breiðholt is located at 13-21 Völvufell, 111 Reykjavík.

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Museum Day 2017: Attempting to Define Ólafur Lárusson in the Museum

May 16 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Is it photography?
Is it performance?

Attempting to Define Ólafur Lárusson in the Museum

Guided tour in english at 12:00 & the museum will be open as usual on Thursdays until 21:00

The Living Art museum cordially invites you to join co-curator and collection manager Becky Forsythe in a guided walk and discussion through the museum’s current exhibition Rolling Line, where guests will consider the complex nature in trying to define Ólafur Lárusson´s works to one medium.

The discussion will also explore Ólafur´s contribution to photography and performance through his studio archive, while also questioning the possibilities in framing an artist’s work and practice as an important component in a living and engaged dialogue with history.

The guided walk and discussion will take place in english, is open to all and free of charge. Please join us at The Living Art Museum in The Marshall House, Grandagarður 20, 101 Reykjavík at 12:00.

“Ólafur Lárusson initially used photography as a recording device, a way of documenting his performance art – although on occasion photography was a more integral element of these performances or environments. His later involvement with photography has, however, effectively subverted this use of the medium.

Now, the photograph functions not as witness, but as the very space within – or upon – which the performance takes place”.
(Jan-Erik Lundström, European Photography, 1988)

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Joi de vivre! The Living Art Museum loans works to The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Museum 2017

May 10 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum opened anew after winter on Saturday May 13th at 2:00pm!

From May 14th to September 3rd, 2017 the museum will be open daily between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The 2017 exhibition year will take place in collaboration with numerous artists, The Living Art Museum, Art Without Borders festival, Grenivík School, Álfaborg Preschool and Valsár School in Svalbarðseyri.

Among exhibitions this year is an installation of works by artist Dieter Roth, which looks into the childlike nature found in his work, antics, images he drew using both hands simultaneously and reviews his self-portraits. To shed light on this in some of the works, plaster animals by students in the youngest grade from Grenivík School are being presented alongside, and offer a continuation of the youthful tone that resonates for some in Dieter Roth´s works.

The exhibition presents works from the collection of The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum alongside 27 works on loan from The Living Art Museum.

The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum will host 10 exhibitions this year, with numerous artists including:

Aðalheiður Sigríður Eysteinsdóttir who will exhibit the work Flæðilína, which was done especially for the museum and dedicated to it’s founders. Birta Guðjónsdóttir will exhibit her work Táknskilningur and Harpa Björnsdóttir will exhibit the work FÓRN (SACRIFICE). Sigríður Ágústsdóttir and Ragnheiður Þóra Ragnarsdóttir´s exhibition is titled Vorlaukar and includes ceramicwork, painting and photography.

Matthías Rúnar Sigurðsson and Þorvaldur Jónsson are of the younger generation of artists and are both from Reykjavík. Their exhibition brings together sculptures from the Icelandic dolerite and colourful paintings on plywood.

In the reading room at The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum, work from the collection can currently be seen. Hulda Vilhjálmsdóttir exhibits paintings, drawings, bookworks and ceramics. In addition there are pictures by Erla Þórarinsdóttir, Bjargey Ingólfsdóttir and Hálfdán Björnsson.

The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum was founded in 1995 by Níels Hafstein and Magnhildur Sigurðardóttir and is located at Svalbarðsströnd in Eyjafjörður.

In the collection there is work after 323 self-taught and educated artists, in whole counting nearly 6000 artworks. Within the museum there is also a specific collection department, Kikó Korriró-stofa, where 120-130,000 works by Þórður Guðmundur Valdimarsson are preserved.

The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum is known within the art museums in Iceland to collect and exhibit work by outsider artists and educated artists equally and offers a wide range in the exhibitions held at the museum. Traditional folk art and progressive contemporary art are exhibited inclusively, with the goal of The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum focused on quality and sincerity.

Further information can be found on the museum´s website:
For further inquiries: 461-4066 / safngeymsla(at)

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