[artinfo] Hreinn Fridfinnsson at the Reykjavik Art Museum
info at mailer.e-flux.com
Thu Oct 25 20:28:21 CEST 2007
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 -- HafnarhÃºs 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 SÃM 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.
More information about the Artinfo