Reykjavík, b.1941

Kristján Guðmundsson

Kristján Guðmundsson is considered one of Iceland’s most influential conceptual artists. Active since the early 1960s, Guðmundsson was initially associated with SÚM, a group of young Icelandic artists who championed the new international currents in conceptual and installation art. This highly controversial movement became a turning point in the history of contemporary art in Iceland.

For decades Kristján Guðmunsson has created artworks that capture the moment where concept collides with reality. Important in Guðmundsson´s oevre is his exploration of the essence of drawing, including his «super sonic» drawings of the 1970s, made by firing pistol shots along sheets of paper. In later years the drawings have taken the shape of three-dimensional sculptures, utilizing graphite and paper. Guðmundsson also often works with performance and installation.

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Biography

Kristján Guðmundsson is considered one of Iceland’s most influential conceptual artists. Active since the early 1960s, Guðmundsson was initially associated with SÚM, a group of young Icelandic artists who championed the new international currents in conceptual and installation art. This highly controversial movement became a turning point in the history of contemporary art in Iceland.

For decades Kristján Guðmunsson has created artworks that capture the moment where concept collides with reality. Important in Guðmundsson´s oevre is his exploration of the essence of drawing, including his «super sonic» drawings of the 1970s, made by firing pistol shots along sheets of paper. In later years the drawings have taken the shape of three-dimensional sculptures, utilizing graphite and paper. Guðmundsson also often works with performance and installation.

Solo exhibitions have been staged of his work at the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Kunstmuseum, Lucerne, and Rooseum, Malmö. He was the First prize winner of the Carnegie Art Award 2009 and represented Iceland at the 1982 Venice Biennale.

Guðmundsson’s work belongs to the National Gallery of Iceland, the Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, the Reykjavik Art Museum, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Puteaux, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

He is represented by i8 Gallery in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Galleri Riis, Oslo.

Artworks

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Horizontal/Diagonal/Vertical, 1993

Related Categories

20th Century Art / Abstraction / Art of the 1960s / Art of the 1970s / Art of the 1990s / Artists of All Time / Blurring Genre Boundaries / Conceptual Art / Contemporary European Art / Contemporary Icelandic Art / Drawing / European Art / Geometric Abstraction / Iceland / Icelandic Art / Less is More / Pencil Leads / Restrained Expression

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Cutting Edges: Nordic Concrete Art from the Erling Neby Collection, Scandinavia House, New York, NY

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Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Cutting Edges: Nordic Concrete Art from the Erling Neby Collection, Scandinavia House, New York, NY