Iceland-Israel art exhibit opens in Reykjavík Culture House

Work continues as usual at the Culture House in Reykjavík, including the opening of a new exhibition this week — despite also being the location of the biggest show in town: the trial of former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde.

Proceedings at the trial are generating headlines around the world and the National Culture house (Þjóðmenningarhúsið) on Hverfisgata in central Reykjavík is abuzz. Despite this, the fascinating building is still open to the public; as is its café and shop; where a new exhibition opened yesterday.

As part of a series of art exhibitions, Islande-Israël by Anne Herzog is running at the Culture House between 6th March and 31st May.

Anne Herzog says her work is about the origins of the universe. It includes volcanoes, dinosaurs, amphibians, tautology, conceptual music, strange attractors and fractals.

The French artists defines fractals as “a density, an infinity, a vector, a division and a reduction of a fraction”. The theory of fractals concerns nature: turbulence and phase transition. By exploring the plants and animals as well, the propagation of species, the path of evolution is studied using several approaches. Fractals are everywhere: roots, earthquakes, soil erosion, sesimic patterns…

In her latest exhibition Anne Herzog says she is looking for the centre of the earth in Iceland and the centre of the world in the Middle East – hence the exhibition’s name.

The idea behind the pieces being displayed in the exhibition is drifting continents and Land Art in Snæfellsjökull, and themes related to Sacred Place in Jerusalem.

The exhibition comprises a selection of drawings, paintings, performances, films, conceptual music, writing and documentaries shot on the Snæfellsjökull glacier and in Jerusalem.

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