From Iceland — Exhibition Critical of Bank Crash Pulled

Exhibition Critical of Bank Crash Pulled

Published November 4, 2010

A group art exhibition concerning Icelandic visual arts history was suddenly cancelled, as it did not please the exhibition director.
DV reports that the multi-media exhibition, organised by three artists – Hannes Lárusson, Tinna Grétarsdóttir and Ásmundur Ásmundsson – was supposed to open today. Many of the nation’s top artists had put in months of work. However, when the final stretch of the project was presented to director Inga Jónsdóttir, her opposition was total.
“No, no, no, this will never happen,” the artists say the director told them, flat-out refusing to show the exhibition in its final form. The artists in question pointed out that as the exhibition director, she was exercising a restriction of artistic freedom, and that the timing of her objections was exceptionally bad.
The exhibition director is alleged to have responded, “Can’t you get it into your head that I call the shots here?” The meeting was then at that moment cancelled, the oral agreement between the organizers and the director ended because, in her own words, “in the end this exhibition is too low for this museum and would harm its image.”

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