Artists talk – Björg Þorsteinsdóttir and Brynhildur Þorgeirsdóttir

Thursday night, October 15th at 8 p.m. the artists Björg Þorsteinsdóttir and Brynhildur Þorgeirsdóttir will discuss their work in the exhibition The World Without Us with guests of the museum. The exhibition is Hafnarborg’s fall-exhibition.

Björg Þorsteinsdóttir (1940) graduated as a drawing teacher from the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts in 1964. She also studied visual communication at the same institution, and painting in The Reykjavik School of Visual Arts. She did a stint at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart, and in 1971-1973 she received a grant from the French government to study graphics in Atelier 17 and École Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris.

Brynhildur Þorgeirsdóttir (1955) graduated from the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts in 1978. She attended Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1979-1980, and Orrefors Glass School in Sweden in 1980. She holds an MFA degree from California Collage of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, USA (1982). In 1982, 1998, and 1999 she attended Pilchuck Glass School in Wasington, USA.


In the exhibition The World Without Us Icelandic artists have been lead together that address the universe in their works and shead light on specific parts of it, the far away or the upclose, micro or macro. This way the many dimensions of the universe are unrevieled where at the same time we look for continuity and wholeness.

The artists that have work in the exhibition belong to different generations and their pieces are made in various mediums. They are: Björg Þorsteinsdóttir (1940), Brynhildur Þorgeirsdóttir (1955), Finnur Jónsson (1892-1993), Gerður Helgadóttir (1928-1975), Marta María Jónsdóttir (1974), Ragnar Már Nikulásson (1985), Steina Vasulka (1940) og Vilhjálmur Þorberg Bergsson (1937).

The curators of the exhibition are Aðalheiður Valgeirsdóttir and Aldís Arnardóttir but their exhibition-proposal was chosen when Hafnarborg called for proposals for the fall-exhibition for 2015.