It was recently made public that the Icelandic artist, Erro will receive the Legion D’Honneur – France’s highest recognition – for his 52 years of service to art and culture.
The coveted medal will be presented this autumn and will, in all likelihood, be handed over in person by French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. According to DV, only five people receive the Chevalier (knight) of the Legion D’honneur every year: two for military service and three for contributions to society.
Several well-known figures have been honoured in previous years, including actress Isabelle Adjani, author Calixthe Belaya, director Emir Kusturica, musician Manu Dibango and philosopher Jacques Bouveresse.
Erro is currently in Spain, but is expected in Iceland in September in time for the opening of Iceland’s biggest exhibition of his collages to date. The exhibition will be at the Reykjavik Art Museum (Hafnarhus), which has a permanent Erro exhibition.
(Photo: Reykjavik ARt Museum)