The Building as a Being & the City as a Stage

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Artist Egill Sæbjörnsson addresses city planning and the importance of magic in our environment in his new installation in Hafnarborg’s main gallery in which he takes in the architecture of the museum itself and the relationship between man and space. The sculptures’ prototypes are partially based on mineature objects created at Bakery, an event held in Hafnarborg last spring. There, people were invited to shape architectural elements in dough. Those objects were later baked and a few of them were remade in a larger scale and now have a role in a new exotic environment in Hafnarborg’s main gallery.

Egill Sæbjornsson’s work mixes formal and narrative aspects that references both culturaland art history. It bears witness to a complex background across a range of media and are all at once performance sets, sculptural accumulations and three-dimensional drawings. His video installations have developed out of earlier painting and performance work where music and imagery blend, almost magically, and where mundane objects are brought to life in a playful and inventive way.

Egill Sæbjörnsson (b. 1973) is one of Iceland’s most progressive artists. He studied art at The Icelandic College of Arts and Craft and at Université Paris 8. St. Denis in France from 1993 to 1997. Egill has lived and worked in Berlin and Reykjavik since 1999 and his work has been exhibited around the world and in Iceland. Egill has been chosen to reprecent Iceland in the next Venice Biennale in 2017.