Face to Face - Portraits at The ASÍ Art Gallery
The exhibition Face to Face includes classical portraits as well as contemporary ones, works by both famous and unknown artists. Celebrated portraits and others who have existed quietly in the shadows, traditional images and contemporary digressions. The exhibition is curated by Kristín G. Guðnadóttir and Steinunn G. Helgadóttir.
FACE TO FACE
Portraits at The ASI Art Museum
May 25th – June 23rd 2013
The exhibition Face to Face includes classical portraits as well as contemporary ones, works by both famous and unknown artists. Celebrated portraits and others who have existed quietly in the shadows, traditional images and contemporary digressions.
Inside the museum different individuals great us in various guises; paintings, drawings, sculptures, videos and sound art. The ancient artform of portraiture is analyzed and its functions in the present are unveiled. By confronting the works with each other and exposing them to unusual viewpoints, attention is drawn to the tale hidden inside each portrait; the psychology, the absurd, the gender roles, the official image and the person behind it.
The artist remains in his work, invisible but present at the same time, since the interplay between the subject and the artist is woven into the portrait. The third participant is the viewer whose understanding of the work is tainted by him self and his own experiance.
In a spatial context the protraits are influenced by each other. They take part in this improvised performance and the fourth agent emerges; the tension between the works. Thus Face to Face revolves around the model, the artist, the viewer and the interplay of the works in the space.
Among the 70 artists who have works at the exhibition there are 30 who made portraits of the artist Ragnar Kjartansson: Acke, Ásgeir Bragason, Bjarni Þór Bragason, Bragi Ásgeirsson, Daði Guðbjörnsson, Dieter Roth, Edda Jónsdóttir, Edwin Age-Nielsen, Frosti Arnarsson, Grímur Marínó Steindórsson, Gylfi Gíslason, Haukur Dór Sturluson, Hringur Jóhannesson, Ívar Valgarðsson, Jensen, Jón Gunnar Árnason, the poet Jón Óskar, Kristinn G. Hrafnsson, Kristín Eyfells, Kristín Jónsdóttir frá Munkaþverá, Kristján Davíðsson, Magnús Pálsson, Morris R. Spiwek, Níels Hafstein, Ragnhildur Stefánsdóttir, Sigrún Guðmundsdóttir, Sigurjón Jóhannsson, Sverrri Haraldsson and Þórdís Alda Sigurðardóttir.
Other works are by: Aðalheiður Eysteinsdóttir, Anna Hallin, Ágúst Petersen, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Ásgeir Bjarnþórsson, Birgir Andrésson, Díana Karlsdóttir, Eirún Sigurðardóttir, Elín Pjet. Bjarnason, Erling Klingenberg, Georg Guðni, Guðlaug Svava Svarvarsdóttir, Gunnlaugur Blöndal, Halldór Baldursson, Halldór Pétursson, Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, Hildur Bjarnadóttir, Hlaðgerður Íris Björnsdóttir, Hildur Hákonardóttir, Hugleikur Dagsson, Hörður Ágústsson, Jóhannes S. Kjarval, Jóhanna Kristín Yngvadóttir, Jón Engilberts, Jón Þorleifsson, Katrín Elvarsdóttir, Kristinn Pétursson,Kristján Davíðsson, Louisa Matthíasdóttir, Nína Tryggvadóttir, Olga Bergmann, Sara og Svanhildur Vilbergsdætur, Sigga Björg, Sigríður Melrós, Sigríður Sigurðardóttir, Sigurjón Ólafsson, Snorri Arinbjarnar, Snorri Ásmundsson, Þorri Hringsson, Þorvaldur Skúlason and Örlygur Sigurðsson.