What happens when ten artists come together with a common goal of bringing contemporary Icelandic and international artists to Reykjavík? Kling og Bang.
This cool little gallery on Hverfisgata, with the bright yellow façade, has been bringing a lot of really unique exhibits to Reykjavík over the years, most recently transforming their gallery into a labyrinth for Within Reach, by a team of Norwegian and Icelandic artists: Carle Lange, Kristján Björn Þórðarsson, Dóra Ísleifsdóttir, Páll Einarsson, Reinert Mithassel, Tinna Lúðvíksdóttir, Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson and Úlfur Eldjárn. Prior to that was a display of neon ‘Open’ signs and still earlier this year was the mixed-medium work of stunning artist Sara Riel, who transferred her feelings upon ending her period of living in China onto the gallery visitors with her mixed-media work.
This place is eclectic.
What’s more is that Kling og Bang is not just a blank gallery space in which artists can exhibit their work. The curators at Kling og Bang often co-produce the works being displayed and employ a hands-on approach to participating in the creation of the artworks. This place really cares about nurturing the art scene in Reykjavík. Case in point is the 5000 square metre KlinK and BanK art space they provided for the daily use of 137 artists in 2004 and 2005.
- Where: Kling og Bang Gallery, Hverfisgata 42, 101 Reykjavík