[artinfo] Hreinn Fridfinnsson at the Reykjavik Art Museum

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Hreinn Fridfinnsson
02 November 2007 -27 January 2008

Reykjavik Art Museum

"Hreinn Fridfinnsson is a great Icelandic hero. 
He gives the subtleties of life a language."
Olafur Eliasson, 2007-10-08

A retrospective of one of Iceland™s leading 
conceptual artists, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, will 
open at the Reykjavik Art Museum -- Hafnarhús on 
November 2. The exhibition, which spans four 
decades of Fridfinnsson™s work, was initiated and 
produced by the Serpentine Gallery in London, 
where it was on view earlier this year.

Encompassing sculpture, drawing and photography 
as well as installation, Fridfinnsson™s work has 
been celebrated for its lyricism and stark 
poetry. Text and storytelling also figure 
prominently in his work. He often presents found 
objects with which he interferes as little as 
possible, creating new works that explore ideas 
of the self and time.

A work from the 1970s, where Fridfinnsson 
produced a magazine advertisement that invited 
the public to send him their secrets, will be 
recreated in conjunction with the exhibition. The 
work was also re-produced in London as part of 
the exhibition at Serpentine.

Hreinn Fridfinnsson was born in the north-west 
part of Iceland in 1943. He gained prominence as 
a leading figure of the Icelandic avant-garde 
after founding SÚM with three other artists in 
Reykjavik in 1965. He moved to Amsterdam in the 
early 1970s and has been living and working there 
ever since. In the year 2000 he received the 
Carnegie Art Awardâ's second prize and was also 
awarded the Ars Fennica Prize.


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