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Closed between exhibitions

Dec 06 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum is closed between exhibitions. We open again Saturday the 8th of December with Rúmelsi #3: Ekkisens takeover.

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Sound recording of Spaces by Artists: a conversation on artist initiatives

Dec 05 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

Upptakan frá samtalinu um frumkvæði listamanna er loksins komin í loftið. Skránum er skipt niður eftir dagskrárliðum.

1. Pallas Projects og Artist-Run Europe – Mark Cullen

2. Stop Over Program – Unnar Örn, Ingólfur Arnarson, Eggert Pétursson

3. Kling&Bang og Harbinger – Edda Sigurjónsdóttir, Úlfur Grönvold, Steinunn Önnudóttir

4. Sköpunarmiðstöðin Stöðvarfirði – Una Sigurðardóttir og Vinnie Wood

5. Ritstjórn bókar um listamannarekin rými – Unnar Örn, Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir, Birkir Karlsson

6. Umræður, spurningar, hugleiðingar, OPEN – Edda Sigurjónsdóttir, Mark Cullen, Birta Guðjónsdóttir, Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir, Sindri Leifsson, Una Sigurðardóttir, Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir

Hægt er að vista skrárnar eða hlusta á þær í vafranum.

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Laumulistasamsteypan’s karaoke bar

Nov 29 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

This Thursday night, 29th of November at 19:00, Laumulistasamsteypan pauses the coffee break and opens it’s karaoke bar in the Living Art Museum. In the past, the karaoke bar has made an appearance in the bate shack of Hrísey and in At7, Amsterdam

Ballads

Love / hate letters

Boiler room dj set via skype by Sjoerd van Leeuwen

Flaming hot entertainment

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Rúmelsi #2:Coffee Break by Laumulistasamsteypan

Nov 23 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

Rúmelsi # 2:

COFFEE BREAK

Laumulistasamsteypan

27.11.2018-02.12.2018

Welcome to Rúmelsi #2 at The Living Art Museum: Coffee Break by the artist collective Laumulistasamsteypan. During opening hours guests are welcome to stop by, for just a moment or a little while longer, and take a break with the members of the collective. Laumulistasamsteypan’s Coffee Break will take place from the 27th of November until the 2nd of December.

It’s almost starting, we’re about to do something miraculous in just a second, right after this cup of coffee. Just one more sip and that’s it. Prepare for everything that happens right after this small break – you won’t believe your eyes! But not yet, first we sip our beverage and gather strength. Get into the right mindset, you know, and calm our nerves. Incredible invention, this black bitter bean-brew. However, be careful not to look too deep into the dark liquid, it might stare back.

Before coffee was invented, people didn’t know how to take breaks. Finally there was this productivity-promising, steaming excuse to hide behind, as opposed to the idea of sitting down without an agenda. That would be absurd – downright foolish. Then there were people that didn’t drink coffee so they invented the cigarette in order to take breaks as well. It’s very important not to take it too easy, you see, never to be completely idle./p>

Laumulistasamsteypan býður þátttakendum uppá tækifæri til þess að breyta sínum skapandi vendipunkti um stund, marinerast með öðrum heilum og beina allri sinni orku og athygli að því verkefni sem liggur fyrir hverju sinni. Samsteypan getur virkað sem listrænt vítamín fyrir þátttakendur sem síast inn smám saman og látið á sér kræla á óvæntum sviðum, jafnvel mánuðum eftir að samvistinni lýkur.

Laumulistasamsteypan consists of a group of artists, annually and temporarily entwined on a small island called Hrísey in Eyjafjörður. It is a residency, a cooking club, an oddity, a festival, an un-broadcasted reality TV show, a reunion, an expedition, a radio station and a transnational project meeting, but first and foremost a summer camp for restless artists.

Helena Aðalsteinsdóttir and Ásgerður Birna Björnsdóttir initiated Laumulistasamsteypan (the Sly Art Association or the Hush-hush Art Alliance) in 2014. It is an amoeba that shifts shape according to the needs of the group and its organisers, sometimes its tentacles expand abroad while on other occasions it shrinks down to its smallest core.

Members of Laumulistasamsteypan 2014-2018: Ástríður Jónsdóttir, Sjuul Joosen, Sara Björg Bjarnadóttir, Arna María Kristjánsdóttir, Helena Aðalsteinsdóttir, Susan van Veen, Ásgerður Birna Björnsdóttir, Borghildur Tumadóttir, Gunnar Gunnsteinsson, Catoo Kemperman, Timna Tomisa, Helene Johanne Christensen, Simon Becks, Gunnar Örn Egilsson, Harriet Lansdown, Bára Bjarnadóttir, Bergur Thomas Anderson, Simon Brinck, Minne Kersten, Logi Leó Gunnarsson, Una Björg Magnúsdóttir, Natasha Taylor, Sjoerd van Leuuwen, Kristján Guðjónsson, Hrefna Guðmundsdóttir, Anton Logi Ólafsson, Sophie Lingg, Annahita Asgari, Eline Harmse & Thom van Hoek.

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(Íslenska) Til Fulltrúa Nýlistasafnsins: Opið fyrir umsóknir um sýningu í ágúst/september 2019

Nov 19 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

Sorry, this entry is only available in Íslenska.

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10. Nov. 2018 – Spaces by Artists, a Conversation on Artist Run Initiatives

Nov 09 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

Spaces by Artists brings together artist initiated, led and run spaces and projects at The Living Art Museum to emphasize the importance of artist collectivity in the context of the international art, and more specifically in the art scene in Iceland. As a meeting point, the aim of the day is to consider and activate questions related to contemporary artist-run initiatives by exploring, challenging and reconsidering the intersections, pressures and possibilities of these spaces now and for the future. It will be a space to network, to strengthen the foundation of artist collectivity, to imagine this future, and to come together to allow artist-run initiatives to raise their voices. We are interested in creating an open space and initiating a participatory platform where speakers, as well as guests, have the opportunity to share stories, highlight concerns and ask the questions that need to be asked.

Mark Cullen works with various media as an artist, curator and a cultural instigator. In 1996 he was co-founder of Pallas Studios and is currently the co-director and co-curator of PP/S. In 2007 he was co-editor of the ICAD gold award winning Pallas Heights 2003-2006, published to mark a programme of exhibitions and projects in a Dublin City Council semi-derelict housing block. In 2005 Cullen co-curated Offside at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, MAIM XI, part of the exhibition .all hawaii eNtrées / luNar reGGae at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2006, and has exhibited internationally and throughout Ireland as a solo artist and as part of the artist group Difference Engine. Most recently he co-edited the publication Artist-Run Europe: Practice / Projects / Spaces alongside Gavin Morrison.

Welcome to the book launch and performance at OPEN, November 10th
Maybe it’s the weather brings together the works of various artists; Ana Victoria Bruno (Argentina/Italy, based in Iceland), Sophie Durand (Australia, based in Iceland), Bronte Jonës (Australia, based in Scotland), Shannon Calcott (Australia), Liam Colgan (Australia), Ýmir Grönvold (Iceland) Juliane Foronda (Canada), Mark Ferkul (Canada), Natasha Lall (UK), Patricia Carolina (Mexico, based Iceland), Holly White (UK) and Lieselotte Vloeberghs (Belgium).

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Dear guests, please note that the symposium will be held mainly in icelandic apart from the keynote presentation by Mark Cullen and panel discussion in english. Questions are welcome in both languages.

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Liminalities 04.11.2018

Oct 31 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum and Cycle Music and Art festival invite you to Liminalities, a music and visual art event that takes place on Sunday November 4th at 20:00 at The Marshall House. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Liminalities is a interdisciplinary project based on collaboration between contemporary visual artists, musicians and composers. When trying to grasp what goes on in one field of art production, it is also necessary to understand the forces effective in other fields.

In the process of creating music and visual art, similar questions are being asked and the open elements of play and experiment are nearly identical. Musicians and artists involve the perceiving audience and they engage with the surrounding space. In Liminalities visual art is not merely a backdrop for the music and the compositions do not serve as lounge music for an art installation. Here visual art feeds music and music carries visual art and thereby opening up new ways of engaging with the audience.

The collaboration between the visual artists, musicians and composers of Liminalities started tentatively in Berlin in 2015 and has been developing since to its current state. Throughout the period workshops, presentations and concerts have been held where the musicians, compositions and artists have met and developed common concepts that combine the processability and immediacy of music with the presence and materiality of visual art. The concert at The Living Art Museum will be the final culmination of this project.

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Women’s Strike 2018: The Living Art Museum Closes at 02:55 pm today

Oct 24 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum closes today, 24th October, at 02:55 PM

Calculating the Time of the Strike

The time of departure for women is calculated as the percentage of “income from work” that women get compared to men, the “gender overall earnings gap”. Important: This is not the unexplained “gender pay gap”.

More information on the webpage kvennafri.is and facebook.com/kvennafri. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #kvennafrí and follow the strike @kvennafri.

Don’t Change Women, Change the World!

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Artist Talk 18.10.2018 – Another Space, Eygló Harðardóttir and Guðbjörg R. Jóhannesdóttir

Oct 18 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

Artist talk
18.10.2018 at 20:00
Eygló Harðardóttir and Guðbjörg R. Jóhannesdóttir

On the occasion of Another Space, an exhibition by Eygló Harðardóttir, The Living Art Museum warmly welcomes you to an artist talk with Eygló and Guðbjörg R. Jóhannesdóttir. The event starts at 20:00 Thursday the 18th of October at The Marshall House. The talk will take place in icelandic and be open to everyone.

Works by Eygló Harðardóttir gather together in Another Space, like crystals in constant growth, like reactive moments to material that has accumulated in process with the artist. Some works assist in displacing the space they occupy by implying an alternate to it. Others ground it, fasten it and make us aware of it. They weightlessly balance upon colour, content and a trust in found unaltered components. They assemble with a sense of impermanence and build new space.

For Eygló, works happen as an intuitive approach to the material, with no planned or perceived endpoint in sight, but rather a way of marking moments on surfaces. She explores the edges of the material, their structure, potential, discards and employs the opportunity to shift them. It is often more than not that the remnants of a long conversation with the material becomes the work we view in the end. In that process, and here in the exhibition, the material is stretched out, suspended, adjusted and re-arranged.

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Book launch, 11. oct: We Are Here

Oct 09 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

11.10.2018 at 20:00

Book launch and installation
Artist talk with Detel Aurand and Claudia Hausfeld

A reading from We are Here by Unnur Jökulsdóttir

The Living Art Museum welcomes you to the release of We are Here, an artist book by Detel Aurand. It will take place on Thursday the 11th of October at The Marshall House. On the occasion there will be an artist talk with Detel Aurand and Claudia Hausfeld followed by a reading from We are Here by Unnur Jökulsdóttir. The program starts at 20:00 and the artist talk will take place in English. In connection with the publication an installation will be on display in the entrance hall of The Living Art Museum until October 16th.

Beginning and end, black and white, inhale and exhale, young and old—and everything in between. These ties, often imperceptible to the human eye, are explored by Berlin artist Detel Aurand in this work. Her book, We are Here, brings together artistic works created over the last twenty years, photos from the artist’s personal collection, and an autobiographical text about the relationship between Detel Aurand and her partner Jón Sigurgeirsson (1909-2003), between Iceland and Berlin. As hinted by the title, We are Here deals with our perception of time. Are we able to see into the now? What is visible, what stays hidden? It is an intimate and equally universal work about the simultaneity of all things and about how ostensible boundaries and borders dissolve when we encounter timeless beauty.

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Nýló currently working on book of Artist-Run Spaces in Reykjavík 1965 – 2018

Sep 25 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

Dear Artists,

The Living Art Museum is currently working on a publication of Artist-run Spaces in Reykjavík 1965 – 2018. The book covers content and material from Nýló´s archive of Artist-Run Initiatives, and will highlight the important role of artists in the development of the Reykjavík art scene.

If you have participated in the development of an artist-run space, non-profit and have original copies of exhibition catalogues, texts and / or photographs (please do not include newspaper articles), please contact the museum at archive@nylo.is.

The deadline to submit material is October 12th, 2018!

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Pressure of the Deep: Action II

Aug 03 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

Gjörningur II // Action II
Saga Sigurðardóttir
Fim / Thu – 08.08.2018
20:00 – 21:00

Touching Blank

Time for action – again.

As a part of The Living Art Museum´s 40th anniversary exhibition, Pressure of the Deep, the installation Touching Blank by Saga S.dóttir will be engaged with and re-invented – for the second time this summer.

The ingredients of the installation will be communicated with through disruption, sensuality and savage play: Action as an attempt to shape/embody change, fresh intimacy and new meaning.

Saga S.dóttir is a performing artist, born and based in Reykjavík. Saga studied contemporary dance and experimental choreography at the ArtEZ Art Academy (NL) and has since graduation in 2006 created, directed and performed in an extensive variety of performance works, often in collaboration with artists across the arts, both locally and internationally. Saga is currently a core member of the Marble Crowd collective and the PPBB, performance band.

Saga finalized her MFA studies in Performing Arts at IAA in 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Theology from the Iceland University (as well as a failed attempt at a degree in Economics). Saga has been a guest and faculty teacher at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and is a regular guest at the LungA Art School in Seyðisfjörður where she explores physical creativity and collective processes.

Come one, come all!

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OBBSIDIAN©: PRODUCT LAUNCH – PARTY

Jul 31 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

OBBSIDIAN©: VÖRUKYNNING – PARTÍ / OBBSIDIAN©: PRODUCT LAUNCH – PARTY
Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir
Lau / Sat – 04.08.2018
16:00 – 18:00

Welcome to the OBBSIDIAN©, PRODUCT LAUNCH party at The Living Art Museum. The event is a part of Kristín Helga Ríharðsdóttir‘s installation “If you can’t beat them – join them”, now on display as a part of The Living Art Museum’s 40th anniversary exhibition, Pressure of the Deep.

During the event guests are welcome to enjoy refreshments and sculptures will be available for purchase.

Using a mixture of video, installation, performance, photographs and sound, Kristín Helga explores her surroundings and works with society as an insider, a full participant and player. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Iceland University of the Arts in 2016. Since then she has been exhibiting, screening and taking part in various projects both in Iceland and abroad. In 2015 she took part in an exchange semester in Universität der Künste Berlin and returned to Berlin in 2016–17 to work for the visual artist Britta Thie.

Among past exhibitions are After Sun held in at7 in Amsterdam (2018), RAFLOST: Electronic Arts Festival (2018) and Foodless Foodmarket & RADIO SANDWICH at The Living Art Museum (2017). Kristín’s films have been shown at international film/video festivals, winning “Best Experimental Short” awards at the Oaxaca FilmFest 2017 and the West Virginia Mountaineer Festival 2017.

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Pressure of the Deep: Action

Jul 18 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

Gjörningur / Action
Saga Sigurðardóttir
Föst / Frid – 27.07.2018
17:00 – 18:00

Time for action. – As a part of The Living Art Museum´s 40th anniversary exhibition, Pressure of the Deep, the current installation of Touching Blank by Saga S.dóttir will be engaged with and re-invented in a few consequent scenes where communication with materials is practiced through disruption, sensuality and savage play: Action as an attempt to shape/embody change, fresh intimacy and new meaning.

Saga S.dóttir is a performing artist, born and based in Reykjavík. Saga studied contemporary dance and experimental choreography at the ArtEZ Art Academy (NL) and has since graduation in 2006 created, directed and performed in an extensive variety of performance works, often in collaboration with artists across the arts, both locally and internationally. Saga is currently a core member of the Marble Crowd collective and the PPBB, performance band.

Saga finalized her MFA studies in Performing Arts at IAA in 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Theology from the Iceland University (as well as a failed attempt at a degree in Economics). Saga has been a guest and faculty teacher at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and is a regular guest at the LungA Art School in Seyðisfjörður where she explores physical creativity and collective processes.

Come one, come all!

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Nýló Internship fall 2018

Jul 11 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum currently seeks an individual in the role of Invigilation / Mediation Intern for fall 2018.

This position is focused on monitoring current exhibitions in The Marshall House, interacting, guiding and supporting museum visitors, and supporting The Living Art Museum staff in daily responsibilities. All candidates must be friendly, open, approachable, have positive initiative and the ability to work independently.

Interns are expected to commit to at least 6-8 weeks of work within the museum. Hours will be determined in dialogue with museum staff and in correspondence with individual educational needs, but can be expected to take place between the hours of 1-6 pm. Occasional extra hours for events, exhibition installation and so forth may be required.

Please note that this is an unpaid internship, but in exchange for their time and commitment

interns will receive valuable insight into the contemporary art scene in Reyjavík, as well as, the opportunity to network with artists and professionals in the field and other small benefits within the museum.

Please apply by submitting a current cv, cover letter highlighting why you would be a positive candidate for this role, and any information related to your specific educational requirements to nylo@nylo.is with the subject line “Nýló internship 2018”.

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Pressure of the Deep: Cocktail Lounge

Jul 08 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

Auður Lóa Guðnadóttir &
Starkaður Sigurðarson

Sat – 14.07.2018
4 – 6 pm

Auður Lóa and Starkaður invite guests to an evening of cocktails at the Living Art Museum’s 40th anniversary exhibition, Pressure of the Deep. They will serve drinks that are in conversation with their work, Two halves that don’t add up.

Auður Lóa and Starkaður have worked together for six years as artists and curators. They make works, together, separately, with other artists and in various art places, work that tries to dig a hole into something intangible.

Works of different mediums, different contexts, but which always incorporate how the work speaks, how art speaks, tells us something. They each bring their own voice into the dialogue, which then becomes a trinity with the thought, medium, the space which they stand before. They are awake to the history of the idea, history of the place, the object, and try to see the present as the often messy collision of contemporaneity and ambiguous thought that sometimes appears before us out of the fog.

Come one, come all!

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Artist Book Talk with Ragna Róbertsdóttir & Studio Studio

May 16 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum invites you to a book talk with Ragna Róbertsdóttir and Studio Studio (Arnar Freyr Guðmundsson, Birna Geirfinnsdóttir) about the recent publication ‘Ragna Róbertsdóttir Works 1984 – 2017’, Thursday May 17th at 8pm in The Marshall House.

The talk will take place in Icelandic, is free and open to all.

Studio Studio consists of designers Arnar Freyr Guðmundsson and Birna Geirfinnsdóttir. Their key projects are within the field of book design, typography, identity and editorial work.

Arnar and Birna will discuss the preparation of the book, from conceptual work to full print realization.

‘Ragna Róbertsdóttir Works 1984 – 2017’ is an extensive monograph oF Ragna´s practice, which offers a coherent look into her works from the eighties to the present. The book is published alongside her current exhibition at The Living Art Museum by DISTANZ, Berlin.

Between mountain and tide is open until May 20th, between 12 – 6pm.

It is possible to get your copy of the publication in the museum – at a special price – while the exhibition Milli fjalls og fjöru (Between mountain and tide) stands.

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Between mountain and tide / Guided tour and artist talk

Apr 04 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum is pleased to invite you to an open talk with artist Ragna Róbertsdóttir and curator Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir on Sunday April 8, 2018 at 2 pm about the exhibition Between mountain and tide in The Living Art Museum, The Marshall House.

The exhibition considers works in light of their current time and location, more than thirty years from Ragna´s first solo exhibition in The Living Art Museum in 1986.

Between mountain and tide traces a record through landscape, evidence of Ragna´s meticulous relation to materials found in nature. Confronted by the remains of volcanoes, the evolution of shells from the sea or multiples of cut lava, these materials mark an innate compulsion to see, feel, collect and contain before being able to understand. They form microcosms for the world – not in the least Ragna´s – and make effort to grasp it.

Curated by Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir and Becky Forsythe
Exhibition design by Ásmundur Hrafn Sturluson

Accompanying the exhibition is an extensive monograph on Ragna´s practice published by DISTANZ and offering a coherent look into her works from the eighties to the present.

It is possible to get your copy of the publication in The Living Art Museum, at special cost, while the exhibition stands.

The talk will be offered in Icelandic and English

Entrance is free and all are welcome!

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Walk & Talk / Distant Matter

Mar 07 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

Walk & Talk / Distant Matter
With Katrín Agnes Klar & Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir
Thursday March 8, 2018
Talk begins at 8pm

The Living Art Museum is pleased to invite you to a “walk and talk” through Distant Matter, at 8pm in The Marshall House. Katrín Agnes Klar will be present on behalf of herself and Lukas Kindermann and engage in dialogue with Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir in regards to the current exhibition.

At 8:45 Edda Kristín will walk guests up to Kling & Bang, where Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir will discuss her current exhibition Evolvement, which opened on March 3, 2018, with visitors.

Both exhibitions close on March 11th, so this is the perfect opportunity to have deeper insight into the works in the exhibitions and to consider the artists´thoughts.

The talk will take place in Icelandic, is free of charge and open to all.

Distant matter brings together work by artists Katrín Agnes Klar and Lukas Kindermann for the first time together to this extent.

By disconnecting and re-orientating impressions of matter through individual works, the artists take transmitted information, 3D replicas, popsicle-coloured screensaver gradients and poster horizons as a means to ask basic questions of everyday representations and the orderly system of the cosmos.

We kindly welcome you to join us there!

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Distant Matter on Museum Night

Jan 31 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

Distant Matter
Katrín Agnes Klar & Lukas Kindermann
19.01.18 – 11.03.18
Curator Becky Forsythe

The Living Art Museum welcomes you to a guided tour with curator Becky Forsythe through the exhibition Distant Matter / Katrín Agnes Klar and Lukas Kindermann, Friday February 2nd at 8:00pm in The Marshall House.

The tour will take place in English and is open to all.

Distant matter brings together works by Katrín Agnes Klar (b.1985) and Lukas Kindermann (b.1984) for the first time to this extent at The Living Art Museum. By disconnecting and re-orientating impressions of matter through individual works, the exhibition takes transmitted information, 3D replicas from space, popsicle-coloured screensaver gradients and poster horizons as a means to ask basic questions of everyday representations and leap out into the orderly system of the cosmos.

Museum Night takes place 2. February 2018 and is Winter Lights Festival’s most popular event. Museums across the capital area open their doors and entertain their guests with happenings such as dance, theatre, lectures, live music, film, literature readings and much more free of charge. All museums are open from 18.00-23.00.

Museum Night is part of Winter lights festival Reykjavík
http://winterlightsfestival.is/

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Distant Matter: Artists´ talk with curator

Jan 18 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum is pleased to invite you to an open talk with artists Katrín Agnes Klar and Lukas Kindermann, and curator Becky Forsythe on Sunday January 21, 2018 at 2 pm in The Living Art Museum, Marshall House.

Guests will have the opportunity to ask the artists about their work and gain inside view into the making of Distant Matter, the collaboration between the artists, curator and The Living Art Museum.

The talk will be offered in English.
Entrance is free and all are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Image: Lukas Kindermann, 1:1, 3D-Printed Silica Sand, 67,0 cm x 24,8 cm x 51,8 cm, 2016, photo by Dominik Gigler

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Christmas Pudding on Wintersolstice

Dec 18 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Please join us for Nýló “Christmas Pudding” on Thursday evening, Winter solstice, at The Living Art Museum in The Marshall House.

From 5pm The Foodless Foodmarket will open, a sale booth containing exclusively inedible food art and RADIO SANDWICH will launch a listening party!

At 8pm a reading of six poets will take place, Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir, Fríða Ísberg, Hallgrímur Helgason, Jón Örn Loðmfjörð, Kristín Ómarsdóttir og Kött Grá Pjé, will all read from their newly published poetry books.

The Foodless Foodmarket will only be open this one night, from 17-21. The booth has works in stock by Ívar Glói Gunnarsson, Geirþrúður Einarsdóttir and Gylfi Freeland Sigurðsson, Bára Bjarnardóttir and Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir. A special wrapping service will be offered to buyers, in style of the Foodless Foodmarket. A unique opportunity to finish Christmas shopping in style!

Radio Sandwich is a new medium specifically made for musical work by fine artists. In this broadcast, titled “RADIO SANDWICH: EP 1” five new works will have their debut. The musical works are by participating artists of the Foodless Foodmarket, this time under the names of 900 points, Mr. Glowie, Queen B and Bossy.

The organisers of the Foodless Foodmarket & Radio Sandwich are Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir and Bára Bjarnadóttir.

At 8pm, six authors will read from their newly published books
Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir – Flórída
Fríða Ísberg – Slitförin
Hallgrímur Helgason – Fiskur af himni
Jón Örn Loðmfjörð – Sprungur
Kristín Ómarsdóttir – Kóngulær í sýningargluggum
Kött Grá Pjé – Hin svarta útsending

We look forward seeing you!

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Open call for proposals

Dec 05 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

The board of The Living Art Museum invites proposals for work to be exhibited in a group exhibition held on the occasion of the museum’s 40th anniversary.

The exhibition will open in June 2018 and continue throughout the summer.

5 – 6 successful proposals in total will be selected by the board from the submissions, with special attention given to applications that address contemporary issues and current events. Applicants with five years of practice or less are especially encouraged to apply. MA students and prospective BA graduates of 2018 are also welcome to submit proposals.

The board and staff of The Living Art Museum will provide the selected proposals with a small honorarium for material and production, an exhibition fee, installation assistance, design and printing of exhibition material, promotion, documentation and opening.

The exhibition will bring the selected proposals together with certain works from the collection of The Living Art Museum, spanning different periods and decades.

The Living Art Museum (Nýló) is a non-profit, artist-run museum and venue for contemporary art. The board of Nýló is committed to promoting critical discourse, progressive practice and experimental work in the field of contemporary art, to collecting and preserving work by artists who exhibit in the museum, and documents relating to the history of art, with focus on artist initiatives and performance art in Iceland.

Application deadline is January 15, 2018 at 12 o’clock midnight.

Submissions must include, in the following order:

1. Artwork proposal and detailed description of technical and installation requirements (max. 600 words in Icelandic or English)
2. Budget plan for the work proposed
3. Current CV (max. 2 pgs)
4. Support material / images (max. 6). All material must be labeled clearly with title, year, medium and dimensions

Proposal, CV, budget and image list should be submitted together as a single PDF attachment, no larger than 10 MB. Support material may be submitted separately in another attachment. Microsoft Word documents and submission text in the body of email correspondence will not be accepted.

For sound, video or time-based submissions, we ask that you please include a direct link to the content via your website or host page (Vimeo, etc.). Please do not include video files in your email application, we will only accept links to this material.

Please send your proposals to applications(at)nylo.is by midnight on January 15, 2018 with the subject line Nýló for 40 years.

The board of The Living Art Museum reserves the right to final decisions in accepting and declining proposals without further explanation. All applications must be submitted on the deadline via email. Hardcopies will not be accepted.

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NÝLÓ ART BINGO

Nov 29 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum invites you to NÝLÓ ART BINGO, Saturday December 16th between 4pm – 6pm at The Marshall House.

Prizes include more than 25 artworks by great artists!

The event will be that day only, starting at 4pm, on the dot, doors open at 3:30pm.

BINGO CARDS can be reserved in advance through nylo(at)nylo.is or purchased at the door before and during the event.

A special BONUS ROUND will be available to those who buy two or more bingo cards.

Important informations:
Please take note that there will be 5 rounds. Each round will take approximately 20 minutes and the same bingo card will be valid during all rounds.

BINGO CARD PRICES:
1 BINGO CARD – 3.900 KR
2 BINGO CARDS – 7.500 KR
3 BINGO CARDS – 10.000 KR

Artists contributing this year:
Anna Líndal
Arnar Ásgeirsson
Ásta Ólafsdóttir
Auður Lóa Guðnadóttir
Bára Bjarnadóttir
Bjarki Bragason
Claudia Hausfeld
Eva Ísleifsdóttir
Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir
Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir
Hreinn Friðfinnsson
Ívar Glói Gunnarsson
Jeannette Castioni
Kristín Dóra Ólafsdóttir
Kristín Rúnarsdóttir
Kristján Steingrímur
Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson
Logi Leó Gunnarsson
Páll Haukur Björnsson
Ragna Róbertsdóttir
Rakel McMahon
Rebecca Erin Moran
Sigurður Atli Sigurðsson
Sigurður Ámundason
Steinunn Eldflaug Harðardóttir
Una Margrét Árnadóttir
Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir
Þóranna Björnsdóttir
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Moving Off the Land / Joan Jonas & María Huld Markan in Tjarnarbíó Cinema

Oct 01 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Sequences proudly introduces a special experimental lecture and performance by honorary artist Joan Jonas in collaboration with Icelandic composer María Huld Markan.

The event will be held at Tjarnarbíó on October 8th at 8 p.m. Ticket sales are to be found at www.tix.is

Joan Jonas is the honorary artist of Sequences VIII, now in its eighth edition, taking place all over Reykjavík.

In addition to her performance at Tjarnarbíó Jonas will open Does the Mirror Make the Picture, an extensive exhibition of her work from various time periods.

Jonas’ exhibition at The Living Art Museum opens on October 6th, the first day of the festival and is open until December 10th 2017.

Jonas (b.1936 New York) is a pioneering video artist. Since the 1960’s she has created groundbreaking multidisciplinary works that investigate time-based structures and the politics of spectatorship. Her projects often simultaneously incorporate elements of theater, dance, sound, text, drawing, sculpture, and video projection. In newer videoworks, performances and installations Jonas has sought out collaborations with musicians and dancers, in addition to drawing from literary sources and mythic tales in realizing her multi-layered explorations.

María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir (b. 1980) is a composer and a violinist. She graduated as a violinist from the Reykjavik College of Music in 2000 and with a Bachelor’s degree in composition at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2007. As well as composing her own music, María has for the past decade performed music around the world with her band, amiina, as well as recorded and collaborated with a range of other bands and artists

Sequences is a ten day biennale held in Reykjavík on 6.-15. October 2017. The aim of Sequences aims to produce and present progressive visual art with a special focus on time-based mediums such as performance, sonic works, video, and public interventions.

Curator of Sequences VIII is Margot Norton, curator at the New Museum in New York and will the festival provide an outstanding array of offerings by various artists and musicians.

To learn more about the festival and its program, visit www.sequences.is

Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York/Rome

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Music and Reading on the Magic Mountain

Sep 20 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

The Expedition to the Magic Mountain welcomes you to the third and last evening-wake in The Living Art Museum, Music and reading on the Magic Mountain, September 21st at 8pm.

Readers:
Brynja Cortes Andrésdóttir
Eiríkur Guðmundsson
Laufey Jensdóttir
Sturla Sigurðarson
Þórhallur Eyþórsson

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Composers:
J. S. Bach [1685- 1750]
M. de Falla [1876- 1946]
F. Schubert [1797- 1828]
G. Verdi [1813- 1901]
R. Wagner [1813- 1883]

The Expedition to the Magic Mountain (2013-2020)* is an experiment with time and space, exploring levels of consciousness, knowledge and sensibility, old and new. We want to go beyond the borders of self-assumed existential conditions, and at the same time we have to acknowledge and face past and present forces of creativity and destruction.

We approach them through art, literature, conversation, action. We leave the stage and at the same time remain, seeking, to be found within and without. We sense the project as a conception and birth of a single, fractured mind, individual works merge and flow together in collective, temporary spaces of experience. We excavate the wasteland of consumers, consumed with endless shortage and craving for more, when nothing more is to be had.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Expedition welcomes you to three evening wakes:

Thursday September 7th, 8 pm – The Artist as a Medium.
Thursday September 14th, 8pm – Cartography and Translations.
Thursday September 21st, 8pm – Music from the Magic Mountain.

*Members of the expedition are Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir, Birna Bjarnadóttir, Gauti Kristmannsson, Haraldur Jónsson, Karlotta Blöndal, Steingrímur Eyfjörd and Unnar Örn Auðarson.

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The Living Art Museum participates in Flotilla, Canada

Sep 15 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

From the 21st to 24th of September 2017 The Living Art Museum will gather with like minds in the east coast of Canada to participate in Flotilla / Flotille, a biennial gathering of Canadian artist-run centres hosted by Atlantis.

Taking place in Charlottetown, PEI, the biennial brings together a community of curators, thinkers, artists, and cultural workers to consider the flexible, responsive, and provisional forms of organization that are increasingly necessary for the sustained evolution of contemporary artist-run culture.

Associate Director Elín Þórhallsdóttir, along with artists Una Margret Arnadottir and Örn Alexander Amundason will present performing archive on-site and consider the role of the artist in collecting and archiving the performance medium and the The Living Art Museum´s performance archive.

Akin to The Living Art Museum´s long and sometimes nomadic history, the mobile performing archive explores shifts in contemporary archives. A depository for social memory, oral history, experience and live, time-based practice, performing archive replicates the preserved parallel history of the local art scene in Iceland found in the museum. Evolving boxes appear and embody performance, like companions to the original, and are a catalyst for questions such as: What kind of dialogue, language, tools and equipment are necessary for collecting performance in artist-run museums? Is it possible to occupy and convey the “performance moment” in a certain environment through archival material? Also what evidence should remain? How should the process include the artist? What is revealed about museums and institutions in their attempts to collect performance? And what can be done with this material? In confronting this investigation with artists Una Margret Arnadóttir and Örn Alexander Ámundason, performing archive directs attention to the momentary nature of the medium.

Una Margrét Árnadóttir is a visual artist based in Reykjavik, Iceland. She graduated from Malmö Art Academy in Sweden in 2013, since then she has participated in various exhibitions for example in Iceland, Europe and Egypt.

Örn Alexander Ámundason is a visual artist from Reykjavik, Iceland. He finished his studies from Malmö Art Academy in 2011. Since then he has exhibited in Iceland, USA, Germany and the Nordic Countries to name a few.

Flotilla / Flotille is the first transnational gathering focusing on nomadic and temporary elements of contemporary artist-run culture in Atlantic Canada. Participants from around the world will work alongside regional artists and practitioners to re-imagine artist-run culture in a series of public exhibitions, events and discussions in and around Charlottetown, PEI. Taking inspiration from a nautical metaphor of boats banded together in open water, Flotilla / Flotille speaks to the shifting tides within cultural practice: ideas of nomadism, isolation, transition, exchange, and innovation.

Follow The Living Art Museum´s activity at the biennial here

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Cartography & Translations

Sep 12 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

The Expedition to the Magic Mountain welcomes you to the second evening-wake in The Living Art Museum, Cartography and Translations, September 14th at 8pm.

Haraldur Erlendsson – discusses the evening’s topics
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Max Frisch [1911- 1991] – Der Mensch erscheint im Holozän / Man in the Holocene

Translation and Reader : Jón Bjarni Atlason

The Expedition to the Magic Mountain (2013-2020)* is an experiment with time and space, exploring levels of consciousness, knowledge and sensibility, old and new. We want to go beyond the borders of self-assumed existential conditions, and at the same time we have to acknowledge and face past and present forces of creativity and destruction.

We approach them through art, literature, conversation, action. We leave the stage and at the same time remain, seeking, to be found within and without. We sense the project as a conception and birth of a single, fractured mind, individual works merge and flow together in collective, temporary spaces of experience. We excavate the wasteland of consumers, consumed with endless shortage and craving for more, when nothing more is to be had.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Expedition welcomes you to three evening wakes:

Thursday September 7th, 8 pm – The Artist as a Medium.
Thursday September 14th, 8pm – Cartography and Translations.
Thursday September 21st, 8pm – Music from the Magic Mountain.

*Members of the expedition are Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir, Birna Bjarnadóttir, Gauti Kristmannsson, Haraldur Jónsson, Karlotta Blöndal, Steingrímur Eyfjörd and Unnar Örn Auðarson.

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The Artist as a Medium

Sep 04 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

The Expedition to the Magic Mountain welcomes you to the first evening-wake in The Living Art Museum, The artist as a Medium, September 7th at 8pm.

Gísli Magnússon – discusses the evening’s topics
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Edith Södergran [1892- 1923] – The Country that does not exists…

Readers: Soffía Bjarnadóttir / Marloes Antje Robijn
Translation: Njörður P. Njarðvík

The Expedition to the Magic Mountain (2013-2020)* is an experiment with time and space, exploring levels of consciousness, knowledge and sensibility, old and new. We want to go beyond the borders of self-assumed existential conditions, and at the same time we have to acknowledge and face past and present forces of creativity and destruction.

We approach them through art, literature, conversation, action. We leave the stage and at the same time remain, seeking, to be found within and without. We sense the project as a conception and birth of a single, fractured mind, individual works merge and flow together in collective, temporary spaces of experience. We excavate the wasteland of consumers, consumed with endless shortage and craving for more, when nothing more is to be had.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Expedition welcomes you to the following events:

Thursday September 7th, 8 pm – The Artist as a Medium.

Thursday September 14th, 8pm – Cartography and Translations.

Thursday September 21st, 8pm – Music from the Magic Mountain.

*Members of the expedition are Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir, Birna Bjarnadóttir, Gauti Kristmannsson, Haraldur Jónsson, Karlotta Blöndal, Steingrímur Eyfjörd and Unnar Örn Auðarson.

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Joan Jonas, Sequences VIII Honorary Artist’s debut in The Living Art Museum

Aug 29 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Sequences VIII

Sequences opens its ten-day biennial in Reykjavik, Iceland, on October 6, 2017 and proudly presents the work of twenty-one local and international artists and honorary artist Joan Jonas in this eighth edition.

An offspring of the dynamic art scene that thrives in Reykjavík, Sequences Real Time Art Festival is an independent biennial that aims to produce and present progressive visual art with a special focus on time-based mediums such as performance, sonic works, video, and public interventions. Sequences VIII features a selection of artists and performers, many of whom engage in cross-disciplinary collaboration.

The hub of Sequences VIII will be the newly opened Marshall House, home to the artist-run spaces The Living Art Museum and Kling & Bang. The festival will also take place in other artist-run and publicly funded locations throughout Reykjavik. A blossoming off-venue program will be presented alongside the curated program

Margot Norton, curator at the New Museum in New York, is the curator of Sequences VIII.

“Elastic Hours”

While Sequences uses the term “real time” to refer to time-based media, “Sequences VIII: Elastic Hours” considers how the term might be applied to the experience of art making, exploring how artists manipulate time as a raw material. Stretching, echoing, and inverting hours, the works included in Sequences VIII often go beyond standardized metrics such as clocks to investigate alternative systems for measuring and experiencing time. These works remind us that our daily rhythms are not solely determined by tradition and locality but also rooted in the natural forces, beyond our control.

The passage of time is acutely palpable in Iceland in particular, as with the region’s seasonal extremes in the duration of daylight hours and mercurial weather conditions. In charting the passage of time through unconventional means, the artists included bring heightened awareness and critical insights into our relationships with objects, society, and the universe around us.

Honorary artist: Joan Jonas

Since the late 1960s, Joan Jonas (b. 1936 New York. Lives and works in New York) has created groundbreaking multidisciplinary works that investigate time-based structures and the politics of spectatorship.

Her projects often simultaneously incorporate elements of theater, dance, sound, text, drawing, sculpture, and video projection. They rely on alternate identities, narrative symbols and threads, but they also refuse linearity, privileging instead the doubled and fractured tale.

A pioneer of video art, Jonas began using the Portapak video system in 1970 to explore the shifts that occur from the camera to the projection to the body and the space of the live action. For her recent videos, performances, and installations, Jonas has frequently collaborated with musicians and dancers and has drawn from literary sources and mythic tales in realizing her multi-layered explorations.

For Sequences, Jonas will present a solo exhibition at The Living Art Museum, which will include a selection of works from throughout her career—from her early videos Wind (1968) and Song Delay (1973) to stream or river or flight or pattern (2016/2017), a project that she conceived on recent travels to Venice, Singapore, Nova Scotia, and Vietnam.

She will also present a performance at Tjarnarbíó on Sunday, October 8, featuring a new collaboration with Icelandic composer and musician María Huld Markan.

Image: Joan Jonas, Song Delay, 1973, film still. © 2017 Joan Jonas / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Organizers:
The Living Art Museum, Kling & Bang and the Icelandic Art Center are responsible for Sequences and this eighth edition is organized by a team including curator Margot Norton, producer Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir and the board of Sequences.

Sponsors:
Sequences is made possible with support from Iceland Visual Arts Fund, City of Reykjavík, Promote Iceland, Iceland Naturally and the all-embracing and invigorating collaborative effort of artists.

Artists:

– Helena Aðalsteinsdóttir (b. 1990 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Amsterdam)

– Birgir Andrésson (b. 1955 Westman Islands, Iceland. d. 2007 Reykjavík)

– Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir (b. 1980 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Rvk)

– Ásgerður Birna Björnsdóttir (b. 1990 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Amsterdam)

– Elín Hansdóttir (b. 1980 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Reykjavík)

– David Horvitz (b. 1982 Los Angeles. Lives and works in Los Angeles) with Jófríður Ákadóttir (b. 1994 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Reykjavík)

– Anna K.E. (b. 1986, Tbilisi, Georgia. Lives and works in New York and Düsseldorf, Germany) and Florian Meisenberg (b. 1980, Berlin. Lives and works in New York and Düsseldorf, Germany)

– Alicja Kwade (b. 1979 Katowice, Poland. Lives and works in Berlin)

– Florence Lam (b. 1992, Vancouver, Canada. Lives and works in Reykjavík)

– Nancy Lupo (b. 1983 Flagstaff, Arizona. Lives and works in Los Angeles)

– Sara Magenheimer (b. 1981, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lives and works in New York)

– Rebecca Erin Moran (b. 1976 Greeley, Colorado. Lives and works in Reykjavík)

– Eduardo Navarro (b. 1979 Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina)

– Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson (b. 1971 Reykjavík. Lives and works in Reykjavík)

– Roman Ondák (b. 1966 Žilina, Slovakia. Lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia)

– Habbý Ósk (b. 1979 Akureyri, Iceland. Lives and works in New York)

– Agnieszka Polska (b. 1985, Lublin, Poland. Lives and works in Berlin)

– Aki Sasamoto (b. 1980 Yokohama, Japan. Lives and works in New York)

– Cally Spooner (b. 1983 Ascot, England. Lives and works in London and Athens, Greece)

– Una Sigtryggsdóttir (b. 1990, Reykjavik. Lives and works in Reykjavik)

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The Magic Mountain Radio

Aug 07 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

The Expedition to the Magic Mountain in collaboration with The Living Art Museum present The Magic Mountain Radio offer a series of radio podcasts updated daily over the course of fourteen days between August 7th to 21st.

The din from the mountain is carried unfiltered to listeners from August 7-21, 2017.

Each programme echoes the spring of the living soul – here you will find something you miss.

The members of the expedition are Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir, Birna Bjarnadóttir, Gauti Kristmannsson, Haraldur Jónsson, Karlotta Blöndal, Steingrímur Eyfjörð & Unnar Örn J. Auðarson.

Writers and translators: Edith Södergran/Njörður P. Njarðvík, Friedrich Nietzsche/Arthúr Björgvin Bollason og Þröstur Ásmundsson, Undína, Sigfús Daðason, Guðbergur Bergsson, Thomas Mann/Gauti Kristmannsson, Kristján Árnason, Teresa frá Avíla/Birna Bjarnadóttir, Gunnar Gunnarsson, Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Dante Alighieri/Erlingur E. Halldórsson, Stefan Zweig/Halldór J. Jónsson og Ingólfur Pálmason, Guttormur J. Guttormsson.

Readers: Steingrímur Eyfjörð, Karlotta Blöndal, Haraldur Jónsson, Gauti Kristmannsson, Unnar Örn Auðarson.

Host: Birna Bjarnadóttir.

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HAPPY PEOPLE – Last Smoking Lounge

Jul 26 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

HAPPY PEOPLE
A smoking lounge by Arnar Ásgeirsson

Let´s come together, let´s enjoy.
Let´s inhale, deep into our lungs.
Exhale into space, and then take a moment to contemplate.

We welcome you to Happy People’ s Thursdays Smoking Lounge for the fifth and last time, 27 July from 6 – 9 pm.

This Thursday visitors are invited to smoke artworks by Darri Lorenzen (IS), Gustav Wideberg (SE), Juan-pedro Fabra Guemberena (UY/SE), Yaima Carrazana (CU) & Yazan Khalili (PS).

SMOKING LOUNGE SCHEDULE
29 June – Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir (IS), Mehraneh Atashi (IR), Eggert Pétursson (IS), Loidys Carnero (CU), Hreinn Friðfinnsson (IS)
6 July – David Bernstein (US), Brynhildur Þorgeirsdóttir (IS), Geirþrúður Einarsdóttir (IS), ), Gylfi Sigurðsson (IS), Anna Hrund Másdóttir (IS), Guðmundur Thoroddsen (IS)
13 July – Lars TCF Holdhus (NO), Yosuke Amemiya (JP), Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir (IS) Žilvinas Landzbergas (LT), Eloise Bonneviot (FR)
20 July & 27 July – LAST SMOKING LOUNGE
Darri Lorenzen (IS), Gustav Wideberg (SE), Juan-pedro Fabra Guemberena (UY/SE), Yaima Carrazana (CU), Yazan Khalili (PS)

While the pipes are being fired up for the last time, three artists – Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, Gunnar Gunnsteinsson and Steinunn Eldflaug Harðardóttir will take the stage and perform between 6 – 9 pm.

It’s the last exhibition week of Happy People – A smoking lounge offering a selection of objects and artwork that have been selected and created for you to interact with.

The exhibition is open until 30th July

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Applications for Internships with The Living Art Museum in 2018

Jul 11 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Thank you to all who have contacted us with interest in participating in an internship with The Living Art Museum!

We are fully booked with interns for 2017 and encourage only those with interest in becoming an intern in 2018 to visit us at the museum or contact the office at nylo(at)nylo.is.

If you would like to submit an application we ask that you please include a letter of motivation stating why The Living Art Museum is of interest to you and what goals and experience you hope to achieve by participating in an internship with the museum and your current CV.

Please send inquires to nylo(at)nylo.is – all inquires will be responded to in good time.

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HAPPY PEOPLE – smoking lounges on Thursdays

Jun 28 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

HAPPY PEOPLE
A smoking lounge by Arnar Ásgeirsson

Let´s come together, let´s enjoy.
Let´s inhale, deep into our lungs.
Exhale into space, and then take a moment to contemplate.

The smoking lounge will be open between 6 – 9 pm on Thursdays throughout July

Graphic by Arnar Ásgeirsson & Michel Keppel.

SMOKING SCHEDULE
29 June – Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir (IS), Mehraneh Atashi (IR), Eggert Pétursson (IS), Loidys Carnero (CU), Hreinn Friðfinnsson (IS)
6 July – David Bernstein (US), Brynhildur Þorgeirsdóttir (IS), Geirþrúður Einarsdóttir (IS), ), Gylfi Sigurðsson (IS), Anna Hrund Másdóttir (IS), Guðmundur Thoroddsen (IS)
13 July – Lars TCF Holdhus (NO), Yosuke Amemiya (JP), Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir (IS) Žilvinas Landzbergas (LT), Eloise Bonneviot (FR)
20 July & 27 July – LAST SMOKING LOUNGE
Darri Lorenzen (IS), Gustav Wideberg (SE), Juan-pedro Fabra Guemberena (UY/SE), Yaima Carrazana (CU), Yazan Khalili (PS)

We welcome you to Happy People – A smoking lounge offering a selection of objects and artwork that have been selected and created for you to interact with.

Mysterious sculptures have been inserted in to funky pipes for you to smoke, consume and inhale fruity flavours. This smoking experience is an attempt for new ways to experience art.

During the exhibition, objects by participating artists will be picked out of the space, and inserted into pipes to be smoked, creating a flowing rotation. Each smoking ceremony will be supported by live acts and performances.

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Annual meeting 2017 – new board

Jun 07 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum‘s annual meeting was held on Tuesday, May 30th at 5:30 pm in the Marshall House.

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir was moderator and Heiðar Kári Rannversson recorded minutes.

26 members took part in the meeting, including then current board members.

Eight new members were welcomed into the Association of The Living Art Museum including: Hildur Henrýsdóttir, Steinunn Marta Önnudóttir, Elín Þórhallsdóttir, Birkir Karlsson, Sam Reese, Bára Bjarnadóttir, Amanda Riffo and Marina Rees.

Elections were held for both primary board and alternate board positions.

Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir will continue as the director of the museum, with the newly elected primary board members Anna Líndal, Birkir Karlsson, Kristín Rúnarsdóttir and Sam Rees.

For the alternate board, Claudia Hausfeld and Þóranna Björnsdóttir were elected to continue, along with new member Bára Bjarnadóttir.

Board members from 2015 to 2017 included Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir (Director), Claudia Hausfeld, Logi Bjarnason, Rebecca Erin Moran and Þóranna Björnsdóttir.

Alternate board members from 2016 to 2017 were Kolbeinn Hugi Höskuldsson, Heiðar Kári
Rannversson and Sindri Leifsson.

The Living Art Museum would like to extend a big thank you to the all outgoing board members for their hard work during the past two years.

Both annual financial statements and reports can be found on our website.

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Rolling Line – Guided Tour on Whit Sunday

Jun 02 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Guided tour around the exhibition Rolling Line

– Sunday 4h June, 4pm
– Nýlistasafnið, 2nd floor, The Marshall House
– Grandagarður 20, 101 RVK

The Living Art Museum will be open during the Whitsunday weekend.
In correlation with the release of the publication Án titils / Untitled, Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir, director of The Living Art Museum and co-curator of Rolling Line, will offer a guided tour of the exhibition on Whitsunday, June 4th from 4 to 4:30 pm.

The tour is free of charge.

Rolling Line spans more than a decade of work and documentation by artist Ólafur Lárusson (1951 – 2014).

Ólafur was a prolific artist and an active participant in the Icelandic art scene, which had come to a crossroad in the middle of the seventies; the same time his fascination with the camera had led him to bold experiments with the device as documentation, and also a platform to explore the boundaries of the medium. Ólafur was in the group of fellow art students who resigned from their studies at The Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts (MHÍ) in 1974 in a push against stasis and headed off to the Netherlands to pursue further education at the notable Atelier ´63 in Haarlem.

After graduating from the school in 1976, Ólafur moved home to Iceland the same year and accepted an invitation to teach in the Department in Transition (Deild í mótun), a new department at MHÍ later called the Living Art Department (Nýlistadeild), and where he would teach film making.

Ólafur was one of the founding members of The Living Art Museum and a significant contributor to the progress of performance in Iceland.

This is the first time that Ólafur´s works are presented together to this extent, an attempt to open up a comprehensive view of the artist’s most productive years.

The exhibition has gathered works from the collections of The Reykjavík Art Museum, The National Gallery of Iceland and The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum (Safnasafnið), amongst those in private collections and with Ólafur´s friends and contemporaries.

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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
2017
ISBN 978-9935-24-167-2
Available
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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)nylo.is.

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: www.safnasafnid.is
For further inquiries: 461-4066 / safngeymsla(at)simnet.is

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Rolling Line – Guided Tour on First Day of Summer

Apr 19 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Guided tour around the exhibition Rolling Line

– Thursday 20th April, 8pm
– Nýlistasafnið, 2nd floor, The Marshall House
– Grandagarður 20, 101 RVK

The Living Art Museum cordially welcomes you to a guided tour of the exhibition Rolling Line, which opened on March 18th in the Marshall House, Grandagarður 20, 101 Reykjavík.

Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir, director of the Living Art Museum and co-curator of the exhibition Rolling Line, will offer a guided tour of the exhibition on Thursday, First Day of Summer, April 20th at 20:00.

The tour is free of charge.

Happy Hour at Marshall Restaurant & Bar until 9pm.

Rolling Line spans more than a decade of work and documentation by artist Ólafur Lárusson (1951 – 2014).

Ólafur was a prolific artist and an active participant in the Icelandic art scene, which had come to a crossroad in the middle of the seventies; the same time his fascination with the camera had led him to bold experiments with the device as documentation, and also a platform to explore the boundaries of the medium. Ólafur was in the group of fellow art students who resigned from their studies at The Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts (MHÍ) in 1974 in a push against stasis and headed off to the Netherlands to pursue further education at the notable Atelier ´63 in Haarlem.

After graduating from the school in 1976, Ólafur moved home to Iceland the same year and accepted an invitation to teach in the Department in Transition (Deild í mótun), a new department at MHÍ later called the Living Art Department (Nýlistadeild), and where he would teach film making.

Ólafur was one of the founding members of The Living Art Museum and a significant contributor to the progress of performance in Iceland.

This is the first time that Ólafur´s works are presented together to this extent, an attempt to open up a comprehensive view of the artist’s most productive years.

The exhibition has gathered works from the collections of The Reykjavík Art Museum, The National Gallery of Iceland and The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum (Safnasafnið), amongst those in private collections and with Ólafur´s friends and contemporaries.

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Videonight – Duncan Campbell, Rachel MacLean and Beagles & Ramsay

Apr 03 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum would like to invite you to a one night screening of works by Duncan Campbell, Rachel MacLean og Beagles & Ramsay, Thursday 6th april, between 8 – 9 pm. The artists John Beagles & Graham Ramsay will be present for the screening.

Against the backdrop of significant political change and uncertainty in the UK this screening will bring together three artists based in Scotland working with video. The various works in this show delve into aspects of politics and national identity, along with an exploration of individual and collective agency. Some are more direct interventions into historical and political discourses, whilst others operate in more allusive and oblique ways.

DUNCAN CAMPBELL works in many ways including constructing documentary-like narratives from archival footage. He often builds up profiles of significant public figures, while interspersing found film with material he shoots himself. In several of his films Campbell has investigated subjects and people closely associated with Northern Ireland and the country’s social and political history, revealing a side to the subject not commonly portrayed in the mainstream media.

Campbell’s 37-minute film Bernadette (2008) portrays socialist and former Northern Irish MP Bernadette Devlin during the 1960s and 1970s. When elected at the age of twenty-one, Devlin became the youngest female Member of Parliament ever to have been elected to Westminster. Campbell’s depiction of Devlin reveals the dynamics of documentary film making itself. He blurs fact and fiction and mixes archival and new footage to construct and unravel representations of his subject. Making use of the distance that the passage of time allows, he creates a portrait of Devlin that is free from the political partisanship that has surrounded many depictions of her.

In 2013 Campbell represented Scotland at the 55th Venice Biennale, and won the 2014 Turner Prize.

RACHEL MACLEAN
The supersaturated, candy-coloured worlds of Rachel Maclean’s films are created with the help of green screen technology. Populated by shifting, ghoulish characters – each one played by Maclean – they are inspired by fairytales, horror films and TV talent shows and offer a sharp critique of contemporary culture. For this show she would present The Lion and The Unicorn (12mins) 2012.

The Lion and The Unicorn is a short film inspired by the heraldic symbols found on the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, the lion (representing England) and the unicorn (representing Scotland). The film uses these representations of both alliance and opposition to explore the myriad, convoluted and often contradictory constructions of cultural identity that make up the unstable definitions of what it means to be Scottish or part of the Union with England.

The video features three recurrent characters: the lion, the unicorn and the queen. These figures seem to emerge from disparate genres, including shadowy historical reconstruction, playful nursery rhyme and pragmatic TV interview. Inhabiting the rich historical setting of Traquair House in the Scottish Borders, they are seen drinking North-sea oil from Jacobite crystal, dividing up the pieces of a Union Jack cake and inciting conflict over the mispronunciation of Robert Burns.

Rachel Maclean will represent Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2017.

BEAGLES & RAMSAY
Molar (5:35mins 2014) features a semi-tranquilised voice that appears to be suffering from a crumbling brain and slumped dentistry. As such the video shares similarities with earlier work where characters and objects ventriloquize social and cultural pathologies, and are implicated in the complex struggle to carve out a space for personal and political agency.

As with much of Beagles & Ramsay’s work the tone, timbre and content of the voice in Molar oscillates between the melancholic, reflective and intoxicated, to the manic and accusatory. The voice reflects something of the subjective experience of shifting between feelings of combativeness, impotence and complicity. Their interest in 3D animation comes from a long-standing engagement with popular forms as they aim to create works capable of communicating with a wide range of publics, and also because of a desire to explore how such forms can be defamiliarised with unconventional content.

John Beagles and Graham Ramsay have exhibited internationally at venues including the Venice Biennale; MoMA PS1, New York; the Migros Museum, Zurich; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the ICA, London; and the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

They have also curated numerous exhibitions over the past twenty years.

The event is open for all and free of charge.

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Sequences celebrates its 10 year Anniversary

Nov 15 2016 Published by under Uncategorized

Sequences – real time art festival celebrates its 10 year Anniversary Saturday November 19th in Reykjavík and welcomes everyone to the celebration.

The festivities begin at 12:45 in The National Gallery where Margot Norton, the newly appointed curator of the next festival, taking place in fall 2017, will give short remarks, introducing the theme of the next festival and announcing the Honorary Artist. She will also introduce David Horvitz’s piece Let Us Keep Our Own Noon that will be on view in The National Gallery until winter solstice on December 21st.

The work consists of forty-seven hand bells created through the remelting of a French church bell dating back to 1742. The work is activated by forty-seven performers who, at local noon, taking place at 13:13 on this day, collectively ring the bells and then disperse throughout the building and out onto the surrounding streets of the National Gallery. The board of Sequences invites all guests to enjoy a homemade birthday cake after the performance.

From there we move on to Mengi, performance venue on Óðinsgata 2 where Rebecca Moran shows a recent piece and an open sculpture tournament takes place and DJ Emotional (Ragnar Kjartansson) plays moods for listening and relaxation. Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir will host a show of .gif animations by various artists. The program finishes with the unveiling of DayBreak, Forever a sound installation by Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson, that will be on view until next Sequences festival, fall 2017.

While this day’s program celebrates the 10 year anniversary of Sequences, it also serves as a bridge to the next festival that will be held in October 2017. The artists showing their works are, for instance, all exhibiting in the next Sequences and the curator’s involvement testifies to her commitment and interest in creating strong connections to the Icelandic art scene and artists and in exploring the cultural life of the city before and leading up to Sequences VIII. The anniversary program can thus be said to be a prelude to the ten day festival to come.

Sequences is an independent biennial, established in Reykjavík in 2006. The aim of the ten-day festival is to produce and present progressive visual art with special focus on time-based mediums, such as performance, sonic works, video and public interventions. An offspring of the dynamic art scene that thrives in Reykjavik, Sequences is the first art festival in Iceland to focus on visual art alone. New artistic directors are hired to reshape each edition of Sequences according to their vision, making it unique and different every time.

Sequences is in the hands of the Living Art Museum, Kling & Bang gallery and the Icelandic Art Center.

The National Gallery is located on Fríkirkjuvegur 7 and Mengi’s address is Óðinsgata 2, 101 Reykjavík.

In conjunction with the anniversary David Horvitz will give a lecture on his works in the lecture hall of the Iceland Academy of the Arts (Laugarnesvegur 91) on Friday November 18 at 13:00. The lecture is open for all, admission is free.

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Curator for Sequences VIII announced and the festival celebrates 10 years

Oct 24 2016 Published by under Uncategorized

On the occasion of Sequences 10th anniversary, please join in a celebration from noon on November 19th in central Reykjavík.

The board of Sequences is happy to announce that Margot Norton, associate curator at the New Museum, will be the curator of Sequences VIII, that will be held in October 2017. Norton will be present and will introduce the honorary artist of Sequences VIII and give a glimpse into the upcoming festival. A few of the invited artists will have an appearance on the day of the celebration.

All are welcome, no entry fee just cake and cava!

Program to be announced shortly.

Margot Norton is Associate Curator at the New Museum in New York.

At the New Museum, she has curated and co-curated solo exhibitions with artists Judith Bernstein, Pia Camil, Sarah Charlesworth, Roberto Cuoghi, Tacita Dean, Ragnar Kjartansson, Chris Ofili, Goshka Macuga, Laure Prouvost, Anri Sala, and Erika Vogt, and group exhibitions “The Keeper,” “Here and Elsewhere,” and “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.”

She also organized the retrospective exhibition “Llyn Foulkes,” which traveled from the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and worked on the exhibitions “Ghosts in the Machine,” “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures,” and “Jim Shaw: The End is Here.”

Norton curated “Night Transmissions: Electronic Intimacy,” a program of video art broadcast on RÚV, Icelandic National Broadcasting Service in early 2016.

Norton is currently working on the exhibition, “Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest,” on view at the New Museum October 26, 2016—January 15, 2017. Before she joined the New Museum, she was Curatorial Assistant on the 2010 Whitney Biennial and in the Drawings Department at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Norton has lectured and published on contemporary art and holds a Master’s Degree in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University, New York.

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Reasons to Perform: Open Box

Sep 15 2016 Published by under Uncategorized

Open Box
Each Friday between 10. Sept. – 18. Dec.

Calling all artists, Nýló members, collectors and friends!

The Living Art Museum in collaboration with Maja Bekan and Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir in Reasons to Perform: Always, Always, Always: Look for the Answer would like to invite artists, Nýló members, collectors and friends to assist us in opening up the Nýló Performance Archive boxes and contributing to collecting more material.

Over the duration of the exhibition the museum welcomes new contributions of archival material in the form of photographs, documentation and material and information from performances already archived at the museum, as well as new contributions. This will be possible each Friday throughout the exhibition period between 13:00 – 16:00, or by appointment with Collection Manager Becky Forsythe at archive@nylo.is.

Proposals for new performances for the archive will be taken into consideration by the board of the museum.

The Performance Archive was initiated in early 2008, when Nýló began archiving performance documentation and material relating to artist performances. Previously, the museum collection had included documentation of 20 performance works dating from 1978-1981.

Gradually, various forms of documentation relating to performances have been added to the archive. The collection of this material is done so through a dialogue with the artist in question, with the aim of examining his/her work and career and considerations that support the preservation and specificity of individual performances.

The aim of the archive is to preserve documentation of performance and performance-related works, and to establish

Nýló is the central museum for performance in Iceland, as it has throughout its history been one of the main local venues for such work.

Reasons to Perform will occupy the Living Collection space until 10. December, where artists Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir and Maja Bekan create a mix-media installation comprised of: site-specific space intervention, performance and text work with the aim of exploring and questioning the archive of the living art (museum) and documentation as a form of possibility.This new work developed by Finnbogadóttir and Bekan is based upon ongoing research and investigations into notions of time, appropriation, authorship and productivity.

Minutes of measurements, disturbance, rhythm and movement will be introduced into Nýló’s archive collection and performed by the museum staff and visitors during the opening hours of the exhibition.

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The Living Art Museum receives a large selection of material from the studio of artist Ólafur Lárusson (1951 – 2014)

Sep 10 2016 Published by under Uncategorized

Family of the late Ólafur Lárusson, have gifted the Living Art Museum a large portion of material, spanning two decades from around 1970 – 1990, gathered from Ólafur´s art studio. Amongst this donation is part of the artist´s personal library, his film collection, negatives, slides, photographs, sketches, VHS recordings performance documentation, exhibition catalogues and invitations, artistic research and experimentation, as well as proposals for works in the form of drawings, snapshots and conceptualizations that had never been fully realized.

The Living Art Museum will move their exhibition space to the newly renovated Marshall House in Grandi, alongside Kling and Bang Gallery and Ólafur Elíasson. The new space in the harbour will open with a retrospective exhibition echoing Ólafur´s practice and contribution as one from the young and radical generation of contemporary artists who surfaced during the seventies.

The exhibition will include documentation of his performance work and other substantial material that had not been shared with the public eye during his lifetime and pull together works from The National Gallery of Iceland and Reykjavík Art Museum, along with those in private collection from friends, family, and collectors.

Curators Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir, Director of the Living Art Museum and Collection Manager Becky Forsythe have titled the exhibition Rolling Line, the namesake to a photographic work Ólafur completed in 1975. The artist himself is seen somersaulting through nature within Rolling Line, and the work references the possibility of a continuous line always ending in a circle. This reflection is well related to the core of the exhibition, which aims to shed new light on the process and period of the artist, from 1971 when he started as a student in The Icelandic College of Art and Craft, until the early eighties when Ólafur began to turn away from one of his main mediums, the photograph.

Ólafur Lárusson was born in 1951 and raised in Austur-Meðalholtum, South Iceland and in Hlíðar – 105 Reykjavík. He studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Craft, now Iceland Academy of the Arts, from 1971-74 and subsequently in Haarlem, Holland, where he graduated from Atalier ´63 in 1976. Ólafur was an extremely prolific and productive artist during the seventies and played a key role in shaping the priorities of the icelandic art scene at that time. He was amongst the last artists to be accepted into the SÚM Gallery movement, a founding member of the Living Art Museum, and the first indications of the museum were stored in his studio on Mjölnisholt prior to when the board of Nýló received the facilities at Vatnsstígur 3b in 1980.

The gift from Ólafur´s studio, marks a turning point for Nýló and is also an important addition to art history. The archive is the first of its kind to be accepted by the museum, where light is cast upon the life and practice of the artist in such a way. With the family´s donation, video documentation from Ólafur´s Rainbow performance – which was performed in SÚM Gallery in 1978 and had been lost for many years, has now surfaced. The recording shows the artist breaking hanging glass plates that have been painted the colours of the rainbow, with his head – the broken glass swinging back and forth alongside it.

This contribution also strengthens Nýló´s research into collecting, preserving and archiving performance art, and underlines the immeasurable value of the insight provided through otherwise unseen material gathered over time in the artist´s studio; conceptual-work, the process and evolution of artworks, and specific focuses, streams and remains of certain periods.

Ólafur passed away on December 4th, 2014. On 10th September he would have celebrated his 65th birthday and the museum would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge his contribution to shaping the scene of Icelandic art. To friends and family and Óli – happy birthday!

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Núllið new home to the Icelandic Punk Museum

Sep 09 2016 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum would like to wish the new tenants of Núllið, Bankastræti 0, Guðfinnur Sölvi Karlsson, Dr. Gunni, Axel Hallkell Jóhannesson and Þórdís Claessen, administrators of the Icelandic Punk Museum, congratulations with the new space.

The group is now working on the first exhibition that will coincide with the opening of the 2016 Icelandic Airwaves festival. The exhibition intends to trace the history of punk in Iceland and the spirit of the movement through objects and photographs.

According to the foursome the space is not too small and is very well suited to host the exhibition. The museum is a tribute to the punk scene, which has, in their opinion, provided the foundation for the success of Icelandic music.

The Living Art Museum received the keys to the female lavatories at Bankastræti 0 at the year end of 2014 and then began the transformation into an exhibition space in collaboration with the architectural firm kurtogpi. Architect Helgi Sigurðsson designed the lavatories, which were formally opened on the National Holiday, June 17th in 1930. The operations underground were reduced considerably at the turn of the century and the facility was finally closed in the year 2006.

The city of Reykjavík had a large interest in restoring the operations in the space underground, but with a different purpose. The city reached out to the board of the Living Art Museum and invited the museum to take over the space rent-free for a year to install exhibitions underground, with the hope of reviving the space once again.

The lavatories are preserved under the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, which proved to be a considerable challenge for architects Ásmund Hrafn Sturluson and Steinþór Kára Kárason, in working with the preexisting structure, while addressing the new role of the space.

The Living Art Museum´s first exhibition in Núllið opened prior to the completion of the renovations, at Sequences VII Art Festival in April 2015. The construction in the space was completed later during the summer, when the museum´s exhibition programming was continued.

The museum´s exhibitions and events underground were:
Being Boring / Curators Gareth Bell-Jones & Gemma LloydJohn Baldessari, Phil Coy, Lucy Clout, Emma Hart, William Hunt, Sam Porritt and Peter Wächtler

prik/ strik – Kristín Rúnarsdóttir

Nothing Really Matters (except me) Simon Buckley

Coming Soon / Brynjar Helgason, Ívar Glói Gunnarsson, Logi Leó Gunnarsson and Una Björg Magnúsdóttir.

The apparent impossibility of zero / Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson / Sequences VII

Other events included the opening release of Dulkápan or Hidden Covers on Design March, which occupied the space, offering a varied event programme alongside the exhibition.

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“Expansions of Homecraft” at Konsthall C

May 26 2016 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum is happy to collaborate with Konsthall C in Farsta, Sweden, in bringing works by Hildur Hákonardóttir together for the exhibition Expansions in Homecraft opening 28 May, 6pm.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Expansions of Homecraft is a group exhibition with work by Hildur Hákonardóttir, Toncirkeln (Shida Shahabi and Anna Sóley Tryggvadóttir) and Kristina Schultz with Johan Lindberg and Liss Schultz.

Expansions of Homecraft, the seventh exhibition within the programme Home Works – investigating the politics of domestic work and the home. The exhibition departs from an investigation into the radical forms of creativity generated in the home that challenge hegemonic values of patriarchy, and production, and expand a notion of what homecraft can be. Through the works within this exhibition, homecraft moves from traditional forms, like weaving and sewing, to the craft within the social work of the home – immaterial productions like caring, cleaning and conversing.

The exhibition includes works from the collections of the Living Art Museum, LÁ Art Museum, The Reykjavík Art Museum and The National Gallery of Iceland and has received support from Kulturrådet, Kulturkontakt Nord, NFH Nämnden för hemslöjdsfrågor. Toncirkeln is supported by Musikplattformen och Statens Musikverk Public programme made in collaboration with ABF.

EXHIBITION PROGRAMME / SYMPOSIUM

The exhibition schedule also includes the symposium The Home within Homecraft and will take place on Saturday 11 June between 11-6pm. The symposium will take place in English and is free but booking essential. To book a place please email osa@konsthallc.se.

Through my experience at home […] I also discovered what I now call the ‘double character’ of reproductive work, as work that reproduces us and valorises us not only in view of our integration in the labour market but also against it.

Silvia Federici, Revolution at Point Zero (2012)

Homecraft and its connection to historic practices and folk traditions has often made it easy prey to be co-opted by right-wing and nationalist politics as an anchor point for ‘true’ examples of national identity. As a work performed in the home it is also intimately tied to forms of exploitation reliant on housework as undervalued and unpaid labour. While currently nationalist parties gain popularity across Europe we, as a democratic cultural organisation, wish to challenge their ideology as well as their subsumption of homecraft to be aligned with racist politics. The commissions here evident counter practices that pluralise and highlight the complexities around homecraft and feminised production in the home and show what Federici describes above as the double character of this work.

The day invites the participating artists Shida Shahabi, Anna Sóley Tryggvadóttir and Hildur Hákonardóttir, alongside theorist and activist Silvia Federici and art historian Temi Odumosu to share their practices and find ways we can collectivise our strategies for insisting on the radical potential of homecraft.

Silvia Federici is an Italian American scholar, teacher, and activist from the radical autonomist feminist Marxist tradition. She is a professor emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University, where she was a social science professor. She is co-founder of the International Feminist Collective which led to the development of The International Wages for Housework Campaign a global social movement co-founded in 1972. Silvia Federici is a key influence to Konsthall C’s Home Works programme and her writing, teaching and political work inspired our research into the Women’s Day Off demonstrations in Iceland.

Dr Temi Odumosu is an art historian, creative educator, and postdoctoral researcher for the Living Archives Research Project at Malmö University. Her international research and curatorial practice is concerned with the visual politics of slavery and colonialism, Africa in the archives, Afro-Diaspora aesthetics, and more broadly exploring how art mediates cultural transformation and healing. Her upcoming book Africans in English Caricature 1769-1819: Black Jokes, White Humour will be published by Brepols in the summer of 2016.

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Symposium in Riga, the Latvian Centre of Contemporary Art

May 24 2016 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum participated in the Symposium Lost (and found) in the Archive hosted by the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art on the 23rd of march 2016. You can now listen to the symposium online.
The symposium is in English.

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM

In connection with the contemporary art exhibition “Lost in the Archive” an international symposium “Lost (and Found) in the Archive” will take place on 23rd of March, 11 pm – 7 pm in the Riga Art Space. Seven lecturers will focus on the variety of mistakes, gaps and narratives that we can discover with the help of contemporary art archives.

The symposium is curated by Inga Lāce and Andra Silapētere (LCCA)

The director of the Living Art Museum in Reykjavik Thorgerdur Olafsdottir and the collection manager Becky Forsythe will discuss the strategies they had creating the archive of their museum. Video artist from Moscow Margarita Novikova will tell us about her video archive project “Putschyourself”. Artist Lia Perjovcshi, who has created the Contemporary Art Archive/Centre for Art Analysis in Romania, will speak about her experience in creating archives as well as about the usability of an archive. Polish researcher Jagna Lewandowska will tell about the Arton Foundation that focuses on Polish avant-garde art studies and creates its archive. Theoretician and writer Vesna Madzoski will speak about the archive of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, and the conclusions drawn during the research of the archive. Iranian artist Ehsan Fardjadniya and Canadian art critic Dorian Batycka will concentrate on archives and their relationship with power – in context with The Refugee Archives initiative in South Africa.

PROGRAMME OF SYMPOSIUM

11:00 – 11:30 Introduction
11:30 – 12:00 Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir, Becky Forsythe ‘Archiving the Parallel’
12:00 – 12:30 Jagna Lewandowska ‘Arton Review Europe – the Archives of Polish Avant-Garde Now’
12:30 – 13:00 Lia Perjovschi ‘Looking for Sense, Hidden and Lost Ideas…’

13:30 – 15:30 Lunch break

15:45 – 16:30 Ehsan Fardjadniya, Dorian Batycka ‘Whose Archive?’
16:30 – 17:00 Margarita Novikova, Elena Michajlowska ‘Locating Art in Oral History’
17:00 – 17:30 Kaspars Vanags ‘Microhistory as Accidental Allure and Antimethod to Canon. Thinking About Collection of The Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art’
17:30 – 18:00 Vesna Madzoski ‘Lost and Found: Crimes in the Manifesta Archive’
18:00 – 19:00 Panel discussion (Lia Perjovschi, Vesna Madzoski, Ehsan Fardjadniya). Moderator – Igors Gubenko

The symposium has been supported by the EEZ financial instrument, Ministry of Culture of theRepublicofLatvia, State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, ABLV Charitable Foundation.

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Infinite Next – roundtable & artists talk

May 11 2016 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum welcomes you to round table discussions and artists talk to coincide with the exhibition Infinite Next which opened 7th May.

The event starts at 8pm, Thursday 12th May in Völvufell 13-21, Breiðholt.

The artists Amy Howden-Chapman, Anna Líndal, Bjarki Bragason, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir will lead the discussions and take visitors on a tour around the exhibition.

Infinite Next is a group exhibition of works by Anna Líndal, Amy Howden-Chapman, Bjarki Bragason, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson, Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir and Pilvi Takala.

Works in the exhibition deal in different ways with systems which all societies struggle with; late-capitalism, ecosystems in degradation, human experiments to alter the environment, knowledge production, manifestations and the effects of humans on the environment.

Each artist will give a short talk about his or her work before continuing around the idea and development of the exhibition.

The discussions will take place in English.

The house will be open from 8 pm with light refreshment

The discussions will start at 8.30 pm, open for the public and no entry fee.

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