Akureyri Art Museum
Founded in 1993 and located fewer than 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, the Akureyri Art Museum is one of the youngest art museums in Iceland and the nationâ€™s only institution of its kind outside of the capital of Reykjavik. Under the enterprising vision of director Hannes Sigurdsson, the Museum has become a creative force to be reckoned with on the national front and an active participant on the international art scene. With a dual mission of promoting art and visual culture for the local community as well as within the wider global context, the Museum presents innovative exhibitions that are receiving accolades from increasingly wider audiences. Its dynamic approach has fostered both knowledge and appreciation of the arts in Iceland and has created a platform for cutting-edge, contemporary artists and curators to promulgate their visions.
By focusing mainly on contemporary works, the Akureyri Art Museum brings progressive, international voices from the art world into its galleries, and has shown such celebrated and diverse artists as Matthew Barney, Spencer Tunick, Per Kirkeby, the Boyle Family, Rosemary Trockel, Nan Goldin and Orlan. Exhibitions within the past decade have also featured some of the great masters, such as Rembrandt, Goya and Henri Cartier-Bresson. In addition to art from Europe and America, the Museum has drawn on artists and traditions from such varied cultures as Russia and India, Japan and Jordan. Of course, major Icelandic figures have not been neglected. Last year, for example, brought the important retrospective of renowned painter Louisa Matthiasdottir and the first annual Icelandic Visual Art Awards. The brainchild of director Hannes S...
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For listing of current exhibitions please see, http://www.listasafn.akureyri.is/
Never resting on its laurels, the Akureyri Art Museum has curated upcoming exhibitions that include the first general survey of Rhythms of Life (May through June 2007), the largest land-art undertaking in the world by Australian sculptor Andrew Rogers, whose monumental stone geoglyphs are now to be found in eight countries around the globe (with more still under construction). During the summer (July to late August), the Museum will present a major retrospective of Georg Gudni, whose engaging approach to the tradition of landscape painting has reinvented the genre for subsequent artists in Iceland and created an entire school of its own. Autumn in Akureyri eagerly anticipates the Icelandic Visual Art Awards of 2007. The year will culminate with an exciting international mix of recent and promising graduates from the Glasgow School of Art, to be curated by Francis McKee, one of Scotlandâ€™s most noteworthy art critics.
No longer relegated culturally to playing second fiddle to Icelandâ€™s capital city of Reykjavik, Akureyri is a fascinating destination in its own right. The Akureyri Art Museum is shaping the cultural development of Northern Iceland as experienced by visitors and residents alike, serving as a mirror to a rapidly shrinking world and as a harbinger of things to come.
Provocative themes broached by the Museum that embrace artistic and curatorial experimentation have included the audacious Orgasm 2000, which took the pulse on sexuality at the start of a new millennium and sent shockwaves throughout the community. Equally impudent and quite literally a high-risk venture was the 2005 exhibition Tree of Knowledge in Hard Cash: the show flaunted the equivalent of almost 1.8 million US dollars in Icelandic currency, quite possibly the first time such an enormous sum of paper money, arranged as Minimalist sculpture, has ever been on open display. Through such exhibitions, Mr. Sigurdsson consistently achieves his aim of creating a museum space in which, in his words, Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“everything is possible.Ă˘â‚¬Âť
The Akureyri Art Museum has not only been a host to ambitious, dynamic exhibitions and events, but has also played a fundamental role in AkureyriĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s development as a cultural center in its own right. Since its doors opened fourteen years ago, the Museum has cultivated an active relationship with the local schools and become a nucleus for an expanding number of galleries within Akureyri. In so doing it has managed to strike a rare balance between its service to the community and its sweeping range of exhibitions that demonstrate artistic and professional excellence.
Open from 12-17. Closed on mondays.
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