Reykjavik mayor to open Erro exhibition

UPDATED The Mayor of Reykjavik, Jon Gnarr, will open the exhibiton Erro – Collage today at 15.00 in attendance of the artist Reykjavik Art Museum. At the same time, an exhibition of works by Mel Ramos will also be opened.

The Erro – Collage exhibition offers, for the first time, an opportunity to discover a holistic selection of Erro’s collages from the Reykjavik Art Museum’s permanent Erro collection.

On show are 130 collages which Erro began donating to the museum in 1989, spanning the artist’s creative career ever since his first experiments with the media at the Icelandic School of Arts and Crafts in Reykjavík in the early fifties.

After cultivating the collage for 15 years there came a turning point in Erro’s creative form of expression when he started to transform his pictures into paintings; a method which turned out to be momentous and became the key to his creative expression ever since. In it the collage gained a dual status: as a collage and as a painting.

The exhibition is structured time-sequentially and sheds a light on how particular collages laid the foundation for Erro’s paintings.

Curated by Danielle Kvaran.

Erró – Collage
Reykjavik Art Museum Hafnarhus (Tryggvagata)
Saturday 18 September, 15.00

At the instigation of Erró, the Reykjavík Art Museum announced a collage competition in conjunction with the exhibition Erró – Collages (1950-2010) which opened today, Saturday in Hafnarhús.

The purpose of the collage competition is to increase understanding and knowledge of collages, as well interest in collages as an art form, among the general public and students alike. The competition revolves around making collages from found materials, i.e. newspapers, magazines, books and other published and two-dimensional material.

The contestants will be divided into two categories: 7th and 8th grade primary school students around the country and the general population, 14 years of age and older. Winner of each category receive a signed graphic work of author Halldór Laxness by Erró, personally donated by the artist.