The Art Council of Hafnarborg has chosen Everything at the Same Time as the autumn exhibition of 2019, with curators Andrea Arnarsdóttir and Starkaður Sigurðarson. The idea behind the exhibition is to explore the way artists tackle the freedom present in contemporary visual arts. How it is possible to extract meaning from art, which may be anything, a painting, a child’s toy, papier mâché, a movement, an idea, opera, plaster. On exhibit, will be works of different media, from oil painting to performances, in an effort to unite the scattered notions found in contemporary art.
The aim of the exhibition is not to show a section or an overview of how art is today, but to explore how artists, faced with this freedom, form fromit meaning. How art can take any shape, while still speaking the same language. How an oil painting on the wall in someone’s home is the same art, a part of the same history of art, as mushrooms made to grow in a bright, white exhibition space. How art – and art history – is a compressed thing, where everything exists at the same time.
Andrea Arnarsdóttir took applied studies in culture and communication at the University of Iceland, graduating with an MA degree in 2018. Her graduation project, the exhibition Superabundance at the University, drew quite a bit of attention. After graduation, Andrea went on an internship at the Artipelag, art museum in Stockholm. There she gained an insight into the museum world and the curatorial work, as well as working closely with the museum‘s curator of pedagogy.
Starkaður Sigurðarson has a background both in visual arts and writing, but after graduating from the Iceland University of the Arts, he went on to complete an MFA degree in creative writing at Goddard College in spring of 2018. He has exhibited in many places around Iceland, most recently participating in the exhibition Pressure of the Deep at The Living Art Museum in 2018, in addition to writing for Víðsjá, at the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, penning text for artists and museums, and editing the visual arts publication Stara.
Each year, Hafnarborg asks for proposals for the museum’s autumn exhibition, with the objective of motivating new people and selecting a curator or curators, who present an interesting idea. In this way, the museum aims to provide an opportunity for emerging curators, who are looking to gain more experience. The task of reviewing the proposals and choosing the winner is in the hands of the Museum Director and the Art Council of Hafnarborg.
With the autumn exhibition series, Hafnarborg wishes to open a channel for new ideas, in line with the museum’s mission, to strengthen and support various programmes of art and culture, through different perspectives. The exhibitions and related events have become an important part of the programme at Hafnarborg, being a catalyst for further development and discussion about art and ideas.
The participating artists will be announced at a later date.