Installation view, "Ragnar Kjartansson: Me, My Mother, My Father, and I,” New Museum, 2014

About Ragnar Kjartansson

Celebrated for his endurance-based performances and video installations, Ragnar Kjartansson incorporates all of the arts—musical, theatrical, literary, filmic, and plastic—into his opulent, ironic, and deeply human works. Explaining that his works are “always about a feeling, but there’s no story,” he creates durational experiences, often centered upon himself and involving friends and family. Inspired by the power of the work of Hans Haacke, Roni Horn, and the feminist movement, he pushes past the anxiety and ennui of repetitious situations to convey a state of joy and transcendence. Mirrors for the human condition, his tragicomic performances combine sorrow and happiness, horror and beauty, drama and levity. In 2009, as the youngest artist to represent Iceland at the Venice Biennale, Kjartansson took up residence in Venice and completed one painting of his friend every day over the exhibition’s six-month run.

Icelandic, b. 1976, Reykjavik, Iceland, based in Reykjavik, Iceland

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Ragnar Kjartansson, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
2015
The Visitors, Faena Art Center, Buenos Aires
2014
Ragnar Kjartansson and The National, Luhring Augustine, Brooklyn

Group Shows on Artsy

2015
The Inaugural Installation, The Broad, Los Angeles