Kjarval Division: Not Just Another Kjarval Tribute - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Kjarval Division: Not Just Another Kjarval Tribute

Kjarval Division: Not Just Another Kjarval Tribute

Published February 9, 2011

The Living Art Museum, Skúlgata 28. Opening February 26, 20:00. Free.

The Living Art Museum, Skúlgata 28. Opening February 26, 20:00. Free.

His name is Jóhannes Kjarval. Born in 1885, he is arguably Iceland’s most renowned landscape painter. He also had a knack for hiding trolls and other mythical elements in his paintings, not unlike those 3D optical illusion prints. There is a museum in Reykjavík named after him and he’s been paid his due. But as Snorri Ásmundsson, an artist involved in the forthcoming tribute to Kjarval points out: “He never painted animals and so we have painted them for him.” Kjarval Division is the title of the exhibition taking place at Nýló, The Living Art Museum, and it involves fourteen artists, foreign and local, who share a certain ‘spiritual vision’ regarding Kjarval. The exhibition will be mixed media and involves paintings, performances, video and slideshows.

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