time and time and again

An exhibition of works by Hreinn Friðfinnsson curated by Markús Þór Andrésson and Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir. The exhibition and associated programme are part of the Reykjavík Arts Festival.

The exhibition consists of works by Hreinn and a film of his life and art directed by Ragnheiður and Markús: Time and Time and Again. Significant works from the artist’s career and elements of his biography are used as the backbone for a thrilling narrative involving the struggle between science’s search for the truth and the creative longing of art.

The acclaimed Finnish actress Kati Outinen plays the part of Aika, who works at The Laboratory of Time. She has the task of monitoring the progress of an experiment in which twin brothers were sent to different places when they were young in order to measure the effect of time in relation to proximity to the earth’s gravity. Magnús Logi Kristinsson plays the role of the brother who grew up high in the Icelandic mountains and Hreinn Friðfinnsson himself plays the other brother, who grew up at sea level in Amsterdam. The experiment far exceeds expectations as decades appear to divide the brothers. Problems arise when Aika decides to bring them together for the first time, as time proves to be a great deceiver. The fifty-minute film will be shown hourly at The Living Art Museum, while in the main room there will be an exhibition of Hreinn’s work.

The exhibition reflects Hreinn Friðfinnsson’s complex attempts to deal with ephemerality and to capture the infinity of time and space. In the exhibition, older pieces which haven’t been displayed in public for many years are combined with better known works from the artist’s career.

In addition, there will be a display of brand new work by the artist, which incorporates the unique tiled floor in The Living Art Museum on Skúlagata. The museum itself also plays a major role in the film and parts of it were shot in its collection storage.

A further dimension will be added to the exhibition at the Reykjavík Arts Festival in May. The artist Magnús Logi Kristinsson – who plays one of the three characters in the film – will put on a performance, there will be a special screening of Hreinn’s recent video work, and there will be a seminar about his work and the new film. In addition, Hreinn will premiere a new video work that came about during the making of the film and which can be viewed as a response to the process.

Further information about performance, video program and seminar will be announced at a later date.

Click here to see a trailer of the film: https://vimeo.com/33776222

The exhibition Time and Time and Again will be at The Living Art Museum 5 April – 5 June.