Cyc­lical– art ex­hib­i­tion opens in Aus­turstræti 11 on Reyk­javík Cul­ture Night

A new exhibition of art from Landsbankinn's collection will be opened in the event of Reykjavík Culture Night in the Bank’s branch at Austurstræti 11. The exhibition is titled Cyclical and is curated by Daría Sól Andrews.
18 August 2023

The exhibition Cyclical explores a cycle of influence and inspiration across generations of artists. The works chosen reflect a focus on select artistic movements, namely abstract and geometric-abstract art, figurative and representational art, graphic art including etching and drawing, and surrealism. The exhibition Cyclical provides a glimpse into the diversity and breadth of the Landsbankinn collection, across medium and context. 

Is individualistic creation possible without outside influence? Creative processes are necessarily a product of conscious or unconscious inspiration, a cycle of influence. We look to the past, to our peers and contemporaries, we admire and ponder, we create, and the cycle continues. It is inherent to artistic creation - to adapt, evolve, and birth something new. 

Cyclical presents work by over 20 artists: Anna Líndal, Arngunnur Ýr, Ásgrímur Jónsson, Dieter Roth, Edda Jónsdóttir, Eggert Pétursson, Erró, Gunnar Örn Gunnarsson, Gunnlaugur Scheving, Jóhann Briem, Jóhannes S. Kjarval, Karl Kvaran, Kristján Davíðsson, Nína Tryggvadóttir, Ragnheiður Jónsdóttir, Richard Serra, Róska, Sigurður Árni Sigurðsson, Snorri Arinbjarnar, Svavar Guðnason, Valtýr Pétursson and Þorvaldur Skúlason. These artists present just a snapshot into Landsbankinn´s total art collection. 

The Landsbankinn art collection is a seminal one, consisting of classic, iconographic works of older generations, as well as a strong contemporary collection ranging between painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media works. To present these works to the public is to give the viewer a glimpse into the breadth of Icelandic art history, as well as several international artists whose work was influenced by Iceland. 

The opening of this exhibition also marks an important milestone in the history of the bank itself; the exhibition serves as a farewell to their hallmark location and headquarters on Austurstræti 11 as they move to their new building on Reykjastræti 6.

On Culture Night, the exhibition will be open from 11:00-17:00 and subsequently during opening hours. The exhibition will be open until the branch at Austurstræti 11 closes and moves to the Bank’s new headquarters at Reykjastræti 6, currently scheduled to take place in September.

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