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Sigurdur Gudmundsson, “Sculptural Poems”

Stockholm, 9.1–15.2  2020

Galleri Andersson/Sandström is pleased to present its third solo exhibition with
artist Sigurdur Gudmundsson.

The Icelandic artist Sigurdur Gudmundsson has, throughout his career, worked with most kind of media – performance, photography, painting, video, text, sculpture and installation. With an endless curiosity he moves between the different territories of art in both expression and technique. With one foot deeply rooted in the European avant-guarde his art develops towards the unknown – towards what has never been done before. Meanwhile the Icelandic romanticism and nature is constantly present as a source and necessary basis from which his art arise. Gudmundsson holds the conductor stick but leaves the material to partake and let the fantasy take its own form.    Stone, sand and instruments creates pounding but quiet symphonies – sculptural poems. The format as well as the dimensions instill a sensation of a wide barren landscape. In the works sturdy composition, art and culture meet. Ingenious, untamed with a big dose of humor.

Sigurdur Gudmundsson was born in Reykjavik in 1942 but has developed his artistry in The Netherlands. Between 1978 and 1986 he taught at Acedemie voor Kunst en Industrie in Enschede in The Netherlands. Together with 19 other artists Gudmundsson founded Reykjavik’s The Living Art Museum, dedicated to experimental and innovative contemporary visual art. In 1976 Gudmundsson represented Iceland at The International Pavilion at the 37th edition of The Venice Biennale. In 1978 he represented Iceland at The Nordic Pavilion at the 38th edition of The Venice Biennale. Ever since the start of his career he has reached wide international success with several exhibitions and public commissions all around the globe.