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Selection of new exhibitions at Reykjavík Art Museum 2015

Six new exhibitions with works by around 100 artists will be opened at Reykjavík Art Museum, Hafnarhús, Kjarvalsstaðir and Ásmundarsafn, in the coming months.

At Kjarvalsstaðir the exhibition Pulse of Time by Einar Hákonarson will be opened on January 17th. He has been a productive artist and shown his works regularly for decades. The paintings on the exhibition span the artist’s career for over 50 years. At the same time the exhibition Poetic Colour Palette, from the Kjarval Collection will be opened at Kjarvalsstaðir. The exhibition includes among other works, drawings made on transparent plastic or acrylic sheets. Cory Arcangel’s exhibition All the Small Things will be opened in Hafnarhús in January. Although Arcangel is only in his thirties, he has already made a name for himself in the art world as a pioneer who combines digital technologies with art. Reykjavík Art Museum gives an overview of painting in Iceland today on the exhibitions Just Painted 1 and II which will be opened at Hafnarhús and Kjarvalsstaðir in February and March.  There paintings by 85 Icelandic contemporary painters of all ages, who have different approach and ideologies, will be displayed. The new exhibition in Ásmundarsafn commemorates the centenary of Icelandic women gaining the right to vote, under a royal decree of 19 June 1915. Ásmundur Sveinsson’s iconic sculpture Vatnsberinn /The Water Carrier (1937) is the focus and the leitmotiv of the exhibition which is called The Water Carrier: Mountain+Woman. The exhibition will include, in addition to the Water Carrier, a selection of Ásmundur’s other sculptures, in a colloquy with works by Arna Valsdóttir, Daníel Magnússon, Kristín Gunnlaugsdóttir, Níels Hafstein, Ólöf Nordal, Ragnhildur Stefánsdóttir and Sigurður Guðmundsson. You can find more information about the exhibitions here.