Svavar Guðnason Retrospective at the Cobra Museum in Amsterdam
Lars Olesen curator, H.E. Mr. Þórir Ibsen, Dominique Ambroise Ibsen and Ásgerdur Kjartansdottir Counsellor for Cultural affairs
An extensive exhibition of the works of Svavar Guðnason is at present on display at the Cobra Museum in the Netherlands. Svavar Guðnason was one of the founding members of the Cobra movement and a pioneer in the field of abstract painting in Iceland. H.E. Mr. Þórir Ibsen opened the exhibition on the 19. October.
This is the first retrospective on Svavar Guðnason’s work in the Netherlands but on display are around 50 paintings dating from 1928-1980. The pieces both belong to public and private collections, amongst other the Hornafjördur Centre for Culture.
The Exhibition is a result of collaboration between the National Gallery of Iceland, The Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum, Skovhuset and thanks to Mr. Lars Olesen who has worked extensively on the promotion of Icelandic art in Europe in the last years.
The exhibition’s catalogue contains writings of Hanne Lundgren Nielsen, Kristínu G. Guðnadóttur, Per Hovdenakk, Ejler Bille, Christian Dotremont and Svavar Guðnason. The exhibition will also be on display two museums in Denmark in 2013, first at the Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum in Herning in January and in Skovhuset in April.