Artist talk – Tumi Magnússon

Tumi Magnússon

Sunday 22nd of February at 15 pm artist Tumi Magnússon will talk to museum visitors about his work in the exhibition Largo – Presto.

The exhibition contains new works by Tumi Magnússon. Largo-Presto is a large installation where regular, repeted sounds and movements affect the viewer’s experience of time and space. The banging sound of the hammer and footsteps are among the sounds that create a rythm in the exhibition space, a rythm that is underlined with movement that travels around the space.

Tumi Magnússon was born in Iceland in 1957. He studied art at The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts, and at AKI (Academie voor Beeldende Kunst) in the Netherlands. His first solo exhibition was in the Red House Gallery in Akureyri, Iceland, in 1981, and he has shown extensively since then. His early exhibited works included objects, photographs and 8mm films. In the early eighties, however, he began experimenting with drawing and painting. His motives were figurative and equally informed by the free painting style of the period and by conceptual art. Over the following decade he experimented with the boundaries of painting as a medium, and his work evolved into installations of paintings and murals. This in turn led to his use of the photograph as a medium for installational wall works, and to video and sound installations. Tumi was a professor at the Iceland Academy of Artfrom 1999 to 2005, and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art from 2005 to 2011. He currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark, and spends his summers in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland.