Reykjavik Culture Night this Saturday

As well as the Islandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon, this Saturday will also see the Icelandic capital celebrating its annual Culture Night — which actually goes on throughout the day and night.

Reykjavik Culture Night (or Menningarnótt) has been an annual event since 1996, timed to roughly coincide with the city’s anniversary, It has since grown to be one of the country’s biggest events, attracting up to 100,000 people.

This year’s Culture Night will also see the official opening of Harpa, the city’s brand new concert and conference centre.

The extensive programme of music, theatre and art is complimented by events and long opening hours at all the city’s museums and galleries. The day culminates in a beautiful fireworks display, followed by an uncommonly busy and vibrant night of Reykjavik partying.

As always, Reykjavik Art Museum will be participating in Culture Night to the fullest extent and sent out the following press release:

On Culture night, the 22nd of August, Reykjavik Art Museum will open its doors wide. We especially would like to point out that at Kjarvalsstaðir we will be offering guided tours in English between 16:00 and 17:00 on Kjarval – Key Works and Jór! Horses in icelandic Art.

All the events are free and open to all. Events are in Icelandic unless otherwise stated.

Open from 10:00 – 23:00

10:00 – 23:00
Reykjavik Runway
Exhibition of the collections of Icelandic independent fashion designers that competed for the final price for Reykjavik Runway 2011. The designers are EYGLÓ – Eygló Margrét Lárusdóttir, ROSA-BRYNDIS design – Rosa Winther Denison og Bryndís Þorsteinsdóttir, SHADOW CREATURES – Sólveig Ragna & Gunnhildur Edda Guðmundsdætur and ZISKA – Harpa Einarsdóttir.

10:00 – 16:00
ERRÓ – The Game
In this interactive game, kids can reconstruct paintings by Erró, using large blocks with sections of paintings printed on each of the cubes six side. Made by artist Ilmur Stefánsdóttir.

13:00 – 13:30
PERSPECTIVES- Guided Tour for the Family

15:00 – 16:00
ARCITECTURE – Guided Tour through Hafnarhúsið

17:00 – 18:00
ERRÓ – Guided Tour

WITHIN IT – Dance performance by Ólöf Helga Gunnarsdóttir.

19:00 – 20:00
Performance by KVISS BÚMM BANG

20:00 – 21:00

21:00 – 22:00
100.000 LANDSCAPES – performace by Daniel Peterson and Erik Parr


Perspectives – On the Borders of Art and Philisophy
Perspectives – On the Borders of Art and Philosophy offers an unusual overview of contemporary Icelandic art. Selected by eight curators, the exhibition is representative of the breadth and diversity of styles and artistic media pursued in Iceland today. Self-reflexive engagement with the very notion of art is a common element in many of the works. The goal is to create a thought provoking exhibition and to generate a dialogue about the meaning of contemporary art. What unifies the exhibition is a unique collaborative approach to curating. All of the eight curators have advanced degrees in philosophy and address every aspect of the exhibition from philosophical standpoints.

Erró – Collage
The exhibition offers, for the first time, an opportunity to discover a holistic selection of Erró‘s collages from Reykjavik Art Museum‘s Erró collection. On show are 130 collages which Erró 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 Erró‘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 Erró‘s 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 Erró‘s paintings.

Erró – Assemblage
This exhibition is intended as an extension of the show Erró – Collage, also on display at Hafnarhús. Assemblage, a form of three-dimensional collage, first appears in Erró’s work in the series Mécamasks (1959) and in the props for the short film Mechanical Concerto for Madness, or the Mad Mechamorphosis (1962–1963) by Éric Duvivier.
These works are composed of readymade objects and waste from industrial and bourgeois society. They share the same artistic themes and intentions as the collage series Méca-make-up and Mécacollages (1959–1963) and speak to the artist’s desire to renew connections with everyday life and enable art to draw even closer to life.
After 1963, Erró has created assemblages only as a rare exception, the most memorable of which are the three monumental works that Erró made in 1998–2004 with the help of numerous schoolchildren in Réunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean.
The works are all from the Museum’s collection.

Open from 10:00 – 22:00

10:00 – 22:00
Colours of the Icelandic Horse – Workshop for the Family
Open and informative workshop for children and families in connection with the exhibition Jór! Horses in Icelandic Art.

13:00 – 17:00
Picknick at Klambratún. Enjoy a relaxing moment at Klambratún with the whole family. The toy box will be at Klambratún and Soup bar at Kjarvalsstaðir offers a variety of foods to take with you on a personal picknick.

14:00 – 15:00
JÓR! – Guided Tour for the family

15:00 – 15:30
The Brokk – choir

16:00 – 17:00
Guided tour in ENGLISH – Kjarval Key Works & Jór!

17:00 – 18:00
ARCHITECTURE- Guided Tour though Kjarvalsstaðir

18.00 – 19:00
Guided Tour in ICELANDIC – Kjarval Key Works & Jór!

20:00 – 22:00
Ferlíki – JAZZ at Kjarvalsstaðir


Kjarval – Key Works
The Reykjavik Art Museum draws on its extensive collection of works by Jóhannes S. Kjarval for ongoing exhibitions at Kjarvalsstaðir. The exhibition in Kjarvalsstaðir’s east gallery features key works from the museum’s collection. These key works from Kjarval’s oeuvre offer a unique and powerful retrospective of the career of Iceland’s most beloved painter.

Jór! Horses in Icelandic Art
The exhibition is curated by arthistorian Adalsteinn Ingólfsson. The horse has been an important subject to Icelandic artists from the beginning, either as the center focus in a painting or as a supporting role in landscape paintings. On show are oil paintings and three dimensional works by Iceland’s most distinguished artists from the beginning of the 20th century to present days, presenting the horse from different angles.

Open from 10:00 – 16:00


From Sketch to Sculpture – Drawings by Ásmundur Sveinsson
The exhibition presents a small insight into the rich collection of drawings by the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson. A selection has been made among the works based on subjects, which can be identified throughout the collection. Also included at the exhibition are a number of drawings that can be tied to known sculptures by the artist, especially from his earlier years.
The digital registration of all the drawings in the collection of Reykjavík Art Museum – Ásmundarsafn has recently been completed, and it is a great advantage finally to have good access to this part of the artistic creativity of the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson. The drawings number almost 2.000 and cover a wide range of subjects; devotional drawings, landscape, form studies, portraits, model studies and a variety of other things – among them quite a number of drawings that can be related to specific sculptures, that Ásmundur Sveinsson created during his long and prolific career.
The drawings of Ásmundur Sveinsson have not been exhibited extensively, and the selection here is bound to capture the attention of all those that are interested in getting to know this new chapter in the history of art in Iceland and in the oeuvre of this great artist.

Magnús Árnason – Homage
Magnús Árnason´s installation Homage, in the dome of the Ásmundarsafn art museum, refers to Louis Pasteur´s (1822-1895) experiment who´s findings conflicted with the theory of spontaneous generation. Magnus’s work, whether in his sound-pieces, sculptures or performances, stand on a vague line between the real and unreal, fiction and facts. In his recent work, he has worked with nature and natural history; moving away from the mythological references seen in his earlier work. Researching the realm of science and its history, questioning any one true method of its field and rather backing up in order to rediscover ‘truths’ or aesthetic qualities otherwise hidden from us.


Guided Tour through Harpa

Heiðar Kári Rannversson art historian discusses the art works at Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center. The works seen around the building are all from the collection of Reykjavik Art Museum by Icelandic artists.

The tours start at 1:30, 3:30 and 4:30 pm.
Number of guests at each tour is limited to 20 people.
Register at Harpa ticket sale, ground floor.

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