Upcoming 13.Sep.2017 – 21.Dec.2017

READ THROUGH artworks in bookform from the collection of the Living Art Museum / FAIRY TALES

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.

Upcoming 20.Jan.2018 – 11.Mar.2018

Distant Matter

Distant Matter
Katrín Agnes Klar and Lukas Kindermann

20.01.2018 – 11.03.2018
Opening Saturday January 20, 2018

Moments of colour widen on the horizon and an atlas of the stars in the sky inverts darkness to white. They become constructed representations of near and far-off instances. Suspended time is a field guide rendering this matter, inherited assumptions of nature and our negotiated perceptions of the day-to-day. Foreseeing future possibilities albeit, as we would like to see them, in their finite and nearsighted arrangements. Distant glimpses of their remoteness. Pieced together. For the time being.

Hyphenated moments in a hyphenated sky.

Distant matter brings works by Katrín Agnes Klar and Lukas Kindermann for the first time together 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 basic questions of everyday representations, and a wander about the orderly system of the cosmos.

Curated by Becky Forsythe

The exhibition is supported by The Visual Art Fund.

Katrín Agnes Klar (b.1985)
Lives and works in Munich and Reykjavík

Katrín Agnes Klar´s works look to moments, situations and natural phenomena, both chance and constructed, as a means to collect the ephemerality of the artist’s surroundings, and stem from a certain beauty in everydayness. Colour, material, distant views and synthetic translations acts as reference points in the process of opening up the media at hand and stretching its possibilities.

Katrín Agnes has exhibited work in Gerðarsafn, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, the Bookshop – projectspace (Skaftfell), Badischer Kunstverein (Karlsruhe), Ve.Sch (Vienna), Haus der Kunst (Munich), Betahaus (Berlin), Sequences Festival (Off Venue), Kunstraum Morgenstrasse (Karlsruhe), National Centre for Contemporary Arts (St. Petersburg) and Freies Museum (Berlin), among others. In 2014 Democratic Moment, a book of her work was published by Revolver Publishing (Berlin) and in 2016 her work was included in the Icelandic Art Centre publication Way Over. Katrín Agnes studied Media Art at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (ZKM) from 2006 to 2011. She then studied Graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich until 2013, where she currently works as an assistant teacher.

Lukas Kindermann (b.1984)
Lives and works in Munich and Reykjavík

Lukas Kindermann´s practice is drawn from pushing the boundaries of traditional representation and technique, technology, the human hand and will. By looking to found material, information and modes of attempting to conceive the vastness of the outer world Lukas´ works mirror the universe, its matter, cartography and distant time as a monument to the future past.

Lukas has exhibited in Centre Pompidou (Paris), Kunsthalle Wien, Badischer Kunstverein (Karlsruhe), Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe (Ettlingen), Haus der Kunst (Munich), National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Saint Petersburg), the Bookshop – projectspace (Skaftfell) and Moscow Biennale for Young Art. Fragments of the Universe was released in 2014 by Revolver Publishing (Berlin) on the occasion of his solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Kempten. In 2017 his bookwork Ground Motion Recordings was published by ´uns artbooks and exhibited in Harbinger and Broken Dimanche Press (Berlin). Lukas studied Media Arts at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (ZKM) from 2005 to 2010 and Graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich until 2013. Since 2014 he has been assistant teacher with Peter Kogler at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, a guest lecturer at the University of Television and Film (HFF) Munich since 2015, and recently joined ERES-Stiftung Munich as curatorial assistant.

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