Honorary Award 2021: Kristín Jónsdóttir frá Munkaþverá
For the first time, the Honorary Award 2021 is given to an artist whose long and successful career has made a significant mark on the history of Icelandic art. The recipient of the 2021 award is Kristín Jónsdóttir frá Munkaþverá (b. 1933).
In a contemplative body of work spanning decades, the artist has inspired us to reflect on ethical issues that have dominated our past and present, and shifted our gaze to consider time and transience, Iceland’s delicate natural environment and expressive national language. Moreover, Kristin has brought a culturally important resource, wool, into the field of contemporary art and demonstrated what treasures can be unearthed in working with the material.