Collection: Hildigunnur Birgisdttir and works from the collection

Collection: Hildigunnur Birgisdttir and works from the collection
02.12.2023 - 24.11.2024
Gallery 08

Ever since the first publicly owned art museums were established in the late 18th century, they have had certain obligations towards their collection. An art museum is of course not a real one unless it possesses a collection. The main duties are registering and exhibiting the collection as well as educating the public about its value.

In this exhibition these obligations are implemented in a rather unconventional way. The director of Akureyri Art Museum, Hlynur Hallsson, contacted Jn B. K. Ransu, curator, about putting together an exhibition from the collection, who then contacted the artist Hildigunnur Birgisdttir on working with the visual aspect as if the collection was simply raw material. Birgisdttir is known for applying collecting and registering to the creative process. A collection in this context has a double meaning: on the one hand it is the art that the museum has acquired, and on the other hand it is a piece of art by Hildigunnur Birgisdttir.