Taking the Dieter Roth train is a trip through the essence of art. All is art, everything Dieter did was an expression of art and the train trip takes you on an unforgettable trip, giving the viewer a whole new perspective on art in our every day lives. The redundant gains new life and meaning as he tilts the angle of infinite possibilities of mundane experience becoming something amazing.
The thing that impressed me the most was how one could feel the creative joy in so many of this work. He obviously didn’t take himself to seriously, an undertone of playfulness can be found in all his work, as if he must have had terrible fun within the whirlwind of his creative process.
Looking at his work one has to wonder why is he not a household name in Iceland. It is so obvious where the source of inspiration is for so many Icelandic artists. Perhaps he was like a nature element that influenced everything around him, yet no one could put their finger from where it came from. Dieter’s work is not only for hard-core art lovers. It is for everyone. His diversity is so vast that everyone will find something at this three-fold exhibition that they will love. My personal favourite is the film Domino and the photos of all the houses in Reykjavík. I have yet to go on a second and a third trip with the Train but might get new favourites depending on my inner weather during that day.
Train is exhibited at Hafnarhúsið, the Reykjavík Art Museum, National Gallery of Iceland and Gallery 100°, additionally “Shops at Road 1” will move along road 1 with a starting point from Eiðar in the east of Iceland.