11.11.2020 – 0028 – Selection of exhibitions

London – The British Museum – 22/10/2020 – 21/02/2021

Arctic-culture and climat – Home to rich cultures for nearly 30,000 years, the Arctic is far from the inhospitable hinterland it’s often imagined to be.

From ancient mammoth ivory sculpture to modern refitted snow mobiles, the objects in this immersive exhibition reveal the creativity and resourcefulness of Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic. Developed in collaboration with Arctic communities, the exhibition celebrates the ingenuity and resilience of Arctic Peoples throughout history. It tells the powerful story of respectful relationships with icy worlds and how Arctic Peoples have harnessed the weather and climate to thrive.

The dramatic loss of ice and erratic weather caused by climate change are putting unprecedented pressure on Arctic Peoples, testing their adaptive capacities and threatening their way of life.

What happens in the Arctic will affect us all and this exhibition is a timely reminder of what the world can learn from its people.

Madrid – Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía – 22/10/2020 – 04/04/2021

Anna-Eva Bergman – From North to South, Rhythms Norwegian artist Anna-Eva Bergman (1909–1987) viewed rhythm as a structural element of painting, a rhythm stemming from the employment of specific materials — metal foil, gold leaf, silver, copper — forms, lines and colours. Early in her career, her work was shaped by the influence of German artists from New Objectivity, but, from the 1950s onwards, it underwent a radical shift as she focused on pictorial abstraction, building a distinctive world around line and rhythm. Landscape also became a pivotal frame of reference in her work: natural motifs, Scandinavian mythology – planets, mountains, boats, fjords – and Nordic light.

Her relationship with Spain began in 1933, when she lived in Menorca for a year with her partner, Hans Hartung. In 1962, she travelled to Almería, a trip that would be instrumental in defining her work — it was the location of her first horizon pieces, a motif she would return to when she once again painted Norwegian landscapes. This link between Norway and Spain – north and south – led to similarities in formal terms, but with very different tones, between both landscapes.

Stones are another recurring element in Bergman’s oeuvre, surfacing in the early 1970s after trips to Spain and Portugal.

On her travels the artist also took scores of photographs she used as trail, memory and recollection, painting her landscapes from the distance between painting and that which is perceived and transforms over the passage of time.

Reykjavík – Reykjavík Art Museum – 06/08/2020 – 03/01/2021

Gilbert & George: The Great Exhibition – The British artist duo Gilbert & George is made up of two men who together form a creative force. For over five decades, they have created unique works where daily life and art merge. These world-renowned artists have shaped contemporary art, and they are known for paving the way for performance art and approaching their private life like an artwork. They have challenged prevailing, bourgeois ideas of taste and decorum, and also advanced the changing of attitude towards gays and other minority groups.

In The Great Exhibition, the artists haves selected pictures mirroring their art, just as captivating as it is prolific. This exhibition provides an extensive overview of the career of Gilbert and George. The exhibition is specially made for Reykjavík Art Museum in good collaboration with Luma Arles in France, Luma Westbau and Künsthalle Zürich in Switzerland and Moderna Museet in Stocholm Sweden. The exhibition is a part of Reykjavík Arts Festival and is curated by world known curators, Daniel Birnbaum, ex-director of Moderna Museet and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of Serpentine Galleries in London.