From Iceland — Grapevine Picks: Intimate Art and Immersive Installations

Grapevine Picks: Intimate Art and Immersive Installations

Published January 8, 2022

Grapevine Picks: Intimate Art and Immersive Installations
Photo by
Hildur Inga Björnsdóttir

Despite the burgeoning pandemic causing the cancellation of events all around Reykjavík, the city’s creative strength and diversity mean that there are still plenty of options to get your culture on over the next seven days.


  • Until Jan 16th
  • Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalsstadir
  • More information here

Guðný Rósa Ingimarsdóttir lives and works in French-speaking Belgium. The word ‘opus’ denotes a piece of artwork, while ‘oups’ is French for ‘oops’. Paired together the words demonstrate that art that can come from seemingly inconsequential things. Guðny brings the essence of ‘opus-oups’ to life in her work, often employing found, forgotten or reused materials to intimate effect. You can read more about the artist, and this remarkable multimedia retrospective of her work, here in our recent feature.  DT

Dieter Roth

  • Until Jan 29th
  • i8 Gallery
  • More information here

German-born artist Dieter Roth moved to Reykjavík in the 1950s to marry a local lady and, being one of Europe’s leading postwar artists, he inevitably had a strong effect on Icelandic creative culture. This exhibition offers some of the artist’s finest pieces, with a focus on sculpture and paper media. JP


  • Until Feb 28th
  • Harpa
  • More information here

This immersive sound and light installation takes quintessentially Icelandic natural phenomena as its themes. Lava, basalt, glaciers, water, flora, algae, microorganisms and volcanic gas all inspired arts collective Artechouse to create this interactive exhibit, which is soundtracked by Icelandic musical polymath Högni Egilsson. The installation takes 20 minutes to experience and can be accessed every 30 minutes daily, from noon until 6pm. JP

You can now take walking tours of Reykjavík with Grapevine crew members Valur, Pollý and Bjartmar as your guides. Click here for more details.

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