October 14 – December 7, 2019
Reception October 24, 6-8pm
The Museum of Fine Arts is excited to announce the opening of “Elemental Iceland”. With work from over thirty contemporary artists, the exhibition highlights the inspiring landscape of the island and the dramatic natural features that have influenced generations of artists and travelers.
In recent years the tiny island nation has become a destination for American tourists and creatives alike, and with its numerous artist residencies, galleries, and museums, Iceland has an impressive impact on the global art community. Located north of the Arctic Circle at the divergence of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, Iceland is experiencing rapid shifts due to climate change, an influx of visitors, and an increased dependence on the global economy. Coupled with an otherworldly volcanic landscape, these factors have brought the island to the fore of some of the most dynamic conversations impacting the visual arts today.
The exhibition includes prints, sculptures, and textiles by Anna Gunnarsdóttir, Elva Hreiðarsdóttir, Johann Eyfells, Nicole Pietrantoni, Rósa Sigrún Jónsdóttir, Soffía Sæmundsdóttir, Valgerður Hauksdóttir, and nearly thirty works by the Arkir Book Arts Collective.