Reykjavík Arts Festival dedicated to Visual Arts

17 February 2005

VISUAL ARTS After three decades, the Reykjavík Arts Festival announces its first festival dedicated to contemporary visual arts. This year it will focus on the legacy of Dieter Roth, the German-born Swiss artist who spent a large part of his life in Iceland, and who influenced both established and younger artists. The first part of this program will be a major Dieter Roth exhibition, which will be curated by Björn Roth, the son of the artist. It will be featured at two of Iceland’s largest museums: The National Gallery of Iceland and Reykjavík Art Museum, as well as in Gallery 100°, a renowned gallery. A year after another international retrospective of the work of Dieter Roth, the exhibition will shed new light on his work and practice. The second part of the program will be Material Time/Work Time/Life Time, curated by Jessica Morgan, curator of contemporary art at Tate Modern, London. New works commissioned specifically for this event examine further the themes and inspirations at stake in Dieter Roth’s work. The exhibition brings together 30 artists from Europe and Americas, including Ólafur Elíasson, Matthew Barney, Carsten Höller, Bojan Sarcevic and Gabríela Fridriksdóttir, who will represent Iceland at the 2005 Venice Biennale. More than twenty venues and sites in Reykjavík, its surroundings and other major Icelandic towns, will host this festival. The exhibitions will be on view from May 14 to August 2005. Opening weekend: May 14 and 15, 2005. PERFORMING ARTS Reykjavik Art Festival will also continue its tradition of welcoming some of the best international performing artists for a three-week celebration. Opening Weekend May 14 and 15 The Throat-Singers of Tuva; Huun Huur Tu. Beethoven concert: Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir, violin and Gerrit Schuil, piano. May 21 and 22 Japanese musician Stomu Yamash’ta collaborates with Icelandic poet and musician Sjón, vocalist Ragga Gísla and two choirs. May 26, 27, 28 and 29 French/Icelandic duo Lady & Bird. Trans Danse Europe performs a project from Finland, the Czech Republic and France. Pacifica Quartet from USA. Portuguese Fado singer Mariza and band. June 2, 3, 4 and 5 The “Cirque and the story of Auguste”, from France. Yuri Bashmet, viola, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and Bengt Forsberg, piano. International viola congress and concerts featuring Garth Knox viola, among others. For information on venues and booking details, please visit our website or call (+354) 561 2444. For further cultural information on Reykjavik or Iceland, please visit this website as well as this site.