Venice Biennale alumni and Kjarval’s bouquet on this winter’s last auction.
The last auction of this winter will be in Gallerí Fold, on Rauðarárstígur 12-14, Monday, May 28th at 6 PM, and will be the 110th of its kind.
Among this month’s selection are items by nine artists who have in common that they have all represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale. The first is Jóhannes S. Kjarval who went to the Biennale in 1960; the auction features ten pictures by him, including one cubic landscape painting. Jóhannes S. Kjarval had a habit of painting bouquets and baskets of flowers that he had received as gifts. Sometimes he would send a painting of the flowers back to the person who had given them to him as a show of his gratitude. These paintings were often straight forward depictions of the flowers, but he also tended to weave them into his landscape pictures. The latter is the case for the painting on this auction, where a flower basket that he received as a gift from BSR taxi company is depicted in a mountainous landscape.
Svavar Guðnason and Þorvaldur Skúlason both went in 1972. There is a geometric painting by Svavar and a still life picture by Þorvaldur. Next up is Kristján Guðmundsson who went in 1982, Kristján Davíðsson who went in 1984, Erró who represented Iceland in 1986, Gunnar Örn who went in 1988, and Steingrímur Eyfjörð who went in 2007.
Finally, there are two pictures by Jóhann Eyfells who represented Iceland at the Biennale in 1993 (alongside Hreinn Friðfinnsson), whose statue, Varðan (e. Cairn) was recently bought by the city of Reykjavík for 27.5 million ISK and stands by Sæbraut in Rekjavík. Despite being one of the country’s oldest living artists, born in 1923, only a small portion of his work has made it to the market here in Iceland. Aside from participating in the Venice Biennale, he also exhibited his work at the München Olympics in 1972. Four outdoor installations by Jóhann are in public spaces in Iceland; Varðan by Sæbraut, as well as statues by Hótel Saga, Kjarvalsstaðir and in Reykholt.
The auction also features a cityscape painting by Louisa Matthíasdóttir and a landscape of Bláfjall by Mývatn by Kristín Jónsdóttir. Additionally, there will also be items by Nína Sæmundsson, Barbara Árnason, Bragi Ásgeirsson, Jóhannes Jóhannesson and Karl Kvaran.
Noteworthy contemporary artists featured in the auction are Gunnella, Pétur Gautur, Þorsteinn Helgason, Daði Guðbjörnsson, Lína Rut, Aleksandra Babik, Tolli, Haraldur Bilson, Sigurbjörn Jónsson and Halldór Ásgeirsson.
All the auctioned items are currently on display in Gallerí Fold and will be accessible every day until 6 PM, until 4 PM on Saturday and Sundy and until 5 PM on the day of the auction.