Two exhibitions will open at Reykjavík Art Museum – Hafnarhús on Friday, October 7, at 6-8 pm, YOKO ONO: ONE MORE STORY... and Erró: War and Peace. The Mayor of Reykjavík, Dagur B. Eggertsson, will open the exhibitions.
What the works in Yoko Ono’s (b. 1933) exhibition YOKO ONO: ONE MORE STORY… have in common is that they advocate feminism, peace and collective activism, a consciousness about one’s own existence and one’s relationship with the other.
The works become a reminder and an invitation to take a responsible, moral and critical standpoint. On one hand, there are the instruction pieces, which ask questions about the conceptual principles behind the work of art, highlighting its ephemerality while de-sanctifying the object, as well as enlisting the participation of spectators in its material realization. On the other hand, there are the narratives expressing Yoko Ono’s poetic and critical vision. Yoko Ono will be present at the opening. Curator is Gunnar Kvaran.
The exhibition runs through February 5, 2017.
War and politics have preoccupied Erró (b. 1932) throughout his career. Committed witness and critical commentator of his times as he is, Erró not only documents history. In his works, fiction mingles intimately with reality, to the point sometimes of ousting the latter, taking the latter to a higher level of detachment and abstraction. Curator is Danielle Kvaran.
On the same occasion Erró will hand over an art prize from the Guðmunda S. Kristinsdóttir Art Fund. The fund was established in 1997 with the aim of awarding an annual grant to recognize and empower the creation of art by women who have demonstrated excellence in their field.
As well as The Enclave by Richard Mosse, an exhibition that opened in Hafnarhús last Friday, these two exhibitions remind us of the importance of peace. The City of Reykjavík dedicates this day and the coming days to peace. Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey island will be lit on Sunday, October 9, at 8 pm.
The exhibition runs through January 22, 2017.