Iceland Presents “The End” at the 2009 Venice Biennale

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Iceland Presents “The End” at the 2009 Venice Biennale

Iceland’s representative at the 53rd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, which runs from June 7 to November 22, is Ragnar Kjartansson, whose exhibition “The End” will feature a tableau vivant of the artist and his model.

Furthermore, the exhibition includes a monumental video and music installation. It will be presented in the Palazzo Michiel dal Brusà, a 14th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal near the Rialto, which has served as the Icelandic Pavilion since 2007.

Kjartansson is a self-described incurable romantic, whose multifaceted artistic practice is rooted in a tradition of acting and performance, and whose existential and absurdist sensibility can be linked to artists ranging from Caspar David Friedrich to Gilbert and George, as stated in a press release from the Center for Icelandic Art (CIA).

“The End” is organized and presented on behalf of the Icelandic Ministry of Education and Culture by the CIA under the commissionership of Christian Schoen, and is curated by Markús T. Andrésson and Dorothée Kirch.