Countries in Dialogue: Art & Poetry

Countries in Dialogue: Art & Poetry

An Exhbition of Icelandic and Chinese Art and Poetry at the Embassy of Iceland

An exhibition of Icelandic and Chinese Art, Countries in Dialogue: Art & Poetry

opened today at the Embassy of Iceland in cooperation with The Chinese European Art Center in Xiamen City. On display are works by 30 Icelandic and Chinese artists along with a poetic installation from the recent Asia-Nordic Poetry Festival, which was held in Beijing and the Yellow Mountains in October and organized by the Iceland-China Cultural Fund. The Exhibition was curated by Ineke Gudmundsson, the director of the Chinese-European Art Center.

As a seperate side event at the opening, a part of the art works belonging to Icelandic artists were offered at a charity auction. Proceeds were donated to the non-governmental organisation The Cultural Development Center for Rural Women. Its director, Professor Wu Qing, and the Icelandic conceptual artist Sigurður Guðmundsson, joined as guests of honour at the opening.

The body of work on display spans three generations of Icelandic artists, three collections and a number of upcoming and promising Chinese artists. Included are works by members of the SÚM Movement in Iceland, including Sigurður Guðmundsson, Kristján Guðmundsson and Hreinn Friðfinnson. Young artists featured include Helena Hansdottir,  Kan Xuan, Sara Riel, Xu Huijing, Yang Jian and The Icelandic Love Corporation.

Works by the following artists were invited by the Embassy of Iceland:  Erró, Erla Harldsdóttir, Erla Þórarinsdóttir, Goddur, Guðrún Einarsdóttir, Guðrún Kristjánsdóttir, Jón Óskar, Inga Svala Þórsdóttir

The following artists were invited by the Chinese European Art Center:  Erró, Helena Hansdóttir, Huang Yan, Hulda Hákon, Hreinn Friðfinnson, The Icelandic Love Corporation, Jia Zhixing, Kan Xuan, Kristján Guðmundsson, Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Sara Riel, Sigurður Guðmundsson, Xu Huijing and Yang Jian as well as The One Minutes.

Additional works whish are part of the permanent collection of the Embassy, belonging to the National Museum of Art in Iceland,  include those by: Ásgrímur Jónsson, Jóhanna Bogadóttir, Jón Reykdal, Sigurður Sigurðsson and Tryggvi Ólafsson.

About the partners:

The Chinese European Art Center (CEAC) in Xiamen City was founded in 1999. It organises art exhibitions and other cultural events such as performances, contemporary films, contemporary music concerts, architecture exhibitions and art book publications. The CEAC started its Artists-in-Residence Program in 2001. The founding director of CEAC is Mrs Ineke Gudmundsson. More info:

The Cultural Development Center for Rural Women is a non government organization that promotes social development of China's rural women. Since foundation, it has grown from its core activity of publishing the magazine Rural Women, to become non-profit organization with the integrated program of supporting the poor by combining development projects, news media and information services, and dissemination of research. Professor Wu Qing is one of the co-founders fo Rural Women. More info:

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