Volcano Saga, 1985

Joan Jonas
Volcano Saga, 1985
Akureyri Art Museum
October 29ᵗʰ 2016 - January 8ᵗʰ 2017

Joan Jonas (born 1936) is one of the best known and most influential contemporary artists in the US. She represented the United States at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and has displayed her work in some of the worlds greatest art museums. Joan Jonas is a pioneer in the field of videoand performance art and has had an exstensive influence on artists with her feminist emphasis, which is highly profiled, in her works.

The exhibition displays video- and sound pieces, which are inspired by the Icelandic sagas Laxdla (The Laxdla Saga) on the one hand, and Halldr Laxness novel Kristnihald undir jkli (Under the Glacier) on the other. This is the first time that these pieces are displayed in Iceland. Under the Glacier is a cooperative project between Akureyri Art Museum and the National Gallery of Iceland and will be displayed in both museums simultaneously. A lecture is planned in relation to the exhibitions.

Curators: Birta Gujnsdttir, Divisional Manager of the National Gallery of Icelands exhibition department, and Hlynur Hallsson, Director of Akureyri Art Museum.