Sculpture sculpture


24.08.2018 - 07.10.2018

Artists Áslaug Íris Katrín Friðjónsdóttir, Jóhanna Kristbjörg Sigurðardóttir, Steinunn Önnudóttir and Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson participate in this year’s edition of SCULPTURE / SCULPTURE.


SCULPTURE / SCULPTURE is an exhibition series seeks to honor sculptor Gerður Helgadóttir (1928-1975), who the museum is named by, and her contribution to Icelandic art as well as to give insight into the medium in contemporary times. This year´s exhibition, held for the third time in August showcases works by contemporary artists alongside the works of Gerður Helgadóttir.


Earlier this year Gerðarsafn sent out an open call to artist. Participants for the series this year have been selected out of over 100 artists that replied to the call. They are Áslaug Íris Katrín Friðjónsdóttir, Jóhanna Kristbjörg Sigurðardóttir, Steinunn Önnudóttir and Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson.


The title SCULPTURE / SCULPTURE refers to the exhibition Sculpture/sculpture/sculpture, held in 1994 at Kjarvalsstaðir (now Reykjavík Art Museum) with works by 27 Icelandic sculptors. The exhibition opened the same year as Gerðarsafn opened its doors to visitors.

SCULPTURE / SCULPTURE 2018 will open on Friday, August 24th at 20 p.m.

The Artists: 

Áslaug (b.1981) finished her BA in visual arts at Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2006, and an MFA from School of Visual Arts in New York in 2009. She lived in USA for a while but currently she lives and works in Reykjavík. She has participated in group exhibitions in museums and other exhibition spaces in Europe, USA and Iceland. Her first solo exhibition was in Hverfisgallerí in 2015 and her work is also on show beside Svavar Guðnason’s art in Svavar’s Museum in Höfn in Hornafjörður.

Jóhanna (b. 1982) lives and works in Reykjavík and in Antwerp, Belgium. She finished her MA in Fine Arts from KASK in Ghent in 2013 and another degree from Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Ghent in 2014. Before that, she’d finished her BA from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2006. Jóhanna Kristbjörg has exhibited her work widely, including in S.M.A.K. in Ghent, at the Moscow Biennale in 2015, Andersen Contemporary in Copenhagen, Ornis A. Gallery in Amsterdam and Kunsthalle São Paulo in Brazil. Her solo exhibition Many Times We See and Many Times We See Again, was held in Hafnarborg earlier this year.

Steinunn (b. 1984) finished her BA in art from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2011, first having finished a BA in graphic design from the same institution in 2009. She lives and works in Reykjavík where she runs the exhibition space Harbinger and has also published books and bookworks. Her first solo exhibition titled Refuge was held at gallery SÍM in 2015. Recently she has exhibited both at Ekkisens and participated in The Wheel, set up by Reykjavík Association of Sculptors at Reykjavik Art Festival 2018.

Styrmir (b. 1984) lives and works in Warsaw, Poland and in Reykjavík. He finished his degree in art studies from Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2009 (BFA) and from Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam in 2012 (MA). Since then he has worked on various projects, exhibited his work and performed internationally, in festivals, museums, exhibition spaces and within the theatre. In 2017, he did a performance called What Am I Doing With My Life, which has been performed widely in Iceland and elsewhere in Europe, including the Lithuanian pavilion at the Venice Biennale.