The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Museum: Summer exhibition


In this episode of Icelandic Art Center’s Out there podcast Becky and Tinna speak with artists Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir and Unnar Örn, who are board members at Safnasafnið, The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum. The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum was founded in 1995 by Níels Hafstein and Magnhildur Sigurðardóttir in Svalbardseyri, in north Iceland. For over 30 years the founders and board of the museum have focused their attention on collecting work, and often extensive bodies of works, by artists whose contributions to art have existed outside the cultural mainstream and collections, otherwise considered folk, naïve or outsider. We discuss the role of the museum, some of the language around categorizing art and artists, and the summer exhibitions.

In the episode the summer exhibitions that recently opened were discussed including: 

Two group shows Dark Deeds and the Light of Hope and Aesthetics of Senses and Delights curated by Níels Hafstein, Source by Nína Óskarsdóttir, Domestic Spirit by Svava Skúladóttir, Deities by Bimala Dutta and Who Came Through by Jasa Baka all curated by Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir, Sale by Arnar Herbertsson curated by Unnar Örn and Assortments by Örn Karlsson curated by Níels Hafstein.

There are over 13 exhibitions and hangs on display now so to read more about the variety visit the museum’s website. 

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