artworks in bookform from the collection of the Living Art Museum
13.09. – 13.12.2017
Völvufell 13 – 21, Breiðholt
Open by an appointment

Artworks in book form are contradictory phenomena: books as works of art, art as literature. Artists´ books request a new way of reading, not only through the text but through the visual, tactile and conceptual senses; the formal and non-formal aspects of the book.

The exhibition READ THROUGH presents artworks in book form from the collection of The Living Art Museum, where 800 titles can be found, making it the largest artists’ book collection in Iceland. The exhibition takes the form of a reading room where guests have the chance to study works from the collection by Icelandic and foreign artists from the 60’s to the present day. It is also a research space for the curator, and where his private library on artists’ books and bibliographia will be accessible during the course of the exhibition.

The Living Art Museum’s book collection is a disordered library of “other” books, but at the same time a unique collection of artworks, that have accumulated during the last 40 years. This part of the collection requests another way of being read, like artists’ books themselves, if one wants to make sense of its content.

During the exhibition the book collection will be thematically read through three times, in turn changing the titles on display in the reading room. The first read through was named HORIZON, whereas the second reading is titled FAIRY TALES and will take place from September to December 2017. The third read through of the library of The Living Art Museum is titled REFERENCE and will take place in the first months of 2018.

The objective of the exhibition is to bring forward works from the collection that have seldom or never been on display, thereby pointing towards the function of the book as a medium for contemporary artistic practice.

The form of the exhibition, that combines the space of the collection, the library and the gallery, also considers the presentation and mediation of artworks in bookform: books that are to be looked at, art that is to be read.

In conjunction with the exhibition, guests are invited to listen to artists read from their work as well as take part in discussions with artists and writers on the bookform in relation to visual art. The events will be announced shortly.

The exhibition is supported by The Museum Fund and Visual Art Fund.

Curated by Heiðar Kári Rannversson.