Here are some of the exhibitions and events around the world in 2023 that have had Icelandic artists participating, some even yet to come. Whether it is exhibitions, festivals or events these are the artists from Iceland that have been presented internationally this year. You can also follow us on our Instagram account or Facebook page as we list the artists presenting abroad regularly in a series of stories throughout the year. You can also just revisit our website where we will be making updates. If you are based in one of these places, or are planning to visit, do make your way and check out the artists that are on now or soon.
Don’t come crying to me – Melanie Ubaldo
Gallery Gudmundsdottir opening the 10th of March
In her solo show at Gallery Gudmundsdottir, Icelandic artist Melanie Ubaldo takes a deeply intimate look at how immigrant placemaking––or, seeking your place in the world and navigating the dissonance of feeling othered––manifests in its interior, phenomenological dimensions. The show evolves the trajectory of Melanie’s earlier work, which deconstructed overt, public encounters with social marginalization.
Sailors & Stowaways !!!: Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir
Last Frontier NYC from the 15th of March from 19:00 – 23:00
Conceptual Art, Spoken Word, Live Music & Animal Sounds with Berlin-based Contemporary Artist Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir (Iceland), as well as Curator Natalia Ivanova (Mount) (Bulgaria) & her Leipzig-based Artist/Writer/Activist collaborator Marc Herbst (US). Guest appearances by Scientist/Writer/Guitarist Matteo Rini (Italy) and Brooklyn’s very own Singer/Songwriter/Poet Honeychild Coleman with her magic guitar!
Luxembourg City Film Festival – Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir
Casino Luxembourg from the 10th of March from 19:00 – 21:00
Munnhola, obol ombra houp-là (a series of performances) by artist and poet Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir is a collection of performances where sounds, poems, phonics, tones, letters, words and wordless scenes form together a surreal dream world of perception. In the work, the voice is explored as a unique medium and acts as a thread through a journey of symbols, letters and human connection to nature, language, technology, games and entertainment.
Snowflakes and other Suprises – groupshow
Landskrona Foto from the 5th of November 2022 – 29th of January 2023
Elina Brotherus (FI), Katrín Elvarsdóttir (IS), Tinna Gunnarsdóttir (IS), Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir (IS), Mathias Svold & Ulrik Hasemann (DK), Einar Falur Ingólfsson (IS), Tiina Itkonen (FI), Astrid Kruse Jensen (DK), Sanna Kannisto (FI), Jacob Kirkegaard (DK), Helene Schmitz (SE), Trine Søndergaard & Nicolai Howalt (DK), Magnus Wennman (SE) and Hendrik Zeitler (SE).
Snowflakes, vegetation and human reliance on and the intervention of nature are at the heart of this Nordic exhibition, where the term ‘Poetic Storytelling’ is used as a benchmark in relation to exploring works by Danish, Icelandic, Swedish and Finnish photographers.
Reaching for the Stars – Ragnar Kjartansson
Palazzo Strozzi from the 4th of March 2022 – 18th of June 2023
Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo are coming together to celebrate some of the luminaries of contemporary art in the exhibition Reaching for the Stars. From Maurizio Cattelan to Lynette Yiadom Boakye. Over 70 works by leading Italian and international contemporary artists including Maurizio Cattelan, Ragnar Kjartansson, Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst, Lara Favaretto, William Kentridge, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Sarah Lucas and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
Vermessungen: Tumi Magnússon
Port 25 Mannheim from the 17th of February until the 7th of May 2023 James Scott Brooks, Tomasz Dobiszewski, Mitsuko Hoshino, Tumi Magnusson, Nan Meyer, Veronica Olma, Jan Smith, Claus Stolz & Ben Vautier.
Time and space are physical magnitudes, which, though ever-present, are abstract phenomena barely to be grasped. They form our perception, yet every endeavour to approach them through conceptualities remains necessarily vague. Nevertheless, we need systems or vocabularies which we can use so we can reach agreement on them. These include, for example, units of measurement that define duration, distance or quantities.
Where the World is Melting: Ragnar Axelsson
Deichtorhallen Hamburg from the 17th of March until the 4th of June 2023
The Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson (*1958), one the most sought-after Nordic photographers, has long observed climate change with great concern. For more than 40 years he has documented the dramatic changes in landscapes and habitats on the fringes of the habitable world, traveling to the most remote and isolated regions of the Arctic, to Inuit hunters in northern Canada and Greenland, to farmers and fishermen in Iceland and the Faroe Islands, and to indigenous populations in northern Scandinavia and Siberia.