Honorary Award 2022 : Kristján Guðmundsson

The Honorary Award 2022 is given to an artist whose long and successful career has made a significant mark on the history of Icelandic art.

Kristján Guðmundsson. Photo Lilja Birgis

The recipient of the 2021 honorary award is Kristján Guðmundsson (b. 1941). When looking over his career of over five decades, it becomes clear that the value of his works is first and foremost found in their intellectual meaning and the artist’s endeavour to create a new meaning. His work is diverse, both in approach and media, but often characterised by systematic methods and humour. He has shown us symmetry and simplicity in everyday items and strategically explored the potential of the medium and material he works in at any given time. His works have been instrumental in changing our position towards things and thus changing the world around us.

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