On March 7, 2014 the National Gallery of Iceland opens a retrospective exhibition of the works of painter Magnús Kjartansson (1949–2006). Kjartansson was among the artists who bridged the gap between formal postwar art – both abstract and figurative – and post-modernistic art in the eighties and nineties of the last century. Kjartansson was one of the founders of the Living Art Museum in the late seventies and was an active participant in exhibitions with his colleagues in various venues, in Iceland and abroad.
After studies at the National College of Arts and Crafts in Reykjavik, Kjartansson continued his post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, from 1972 to 1975, under the tutelage of Richard Mortensen, one of the most distinguished abstract painters in Denmark. Kjartansson was among the best known artists in Iceland and acknowledged far and wide, for example in Spain, where his art received notable attention and admiration.