UPBEAT 5: Art and Design from Iceland 2010, Nov. 16 - 29

Five exhibitions of Icelandic art and design open in Beijing on November 16 at the Power Squareof 751D·PARK and at the premises of the Embassy. They are a follow up on the Beijing Design Week and the Sino-Nordic Cultural Festival NOTCH10. The exhibitions showcase recent achievements in Icelandic art and design.

Icelandic Contemporary Designexhibition, organized by the Iceland Design Center, presents Icelandic furniture, product design and arcitecture. It covers works of 22 designers and design teams, who have gained international attention spotlighting the characteristics of contemporary Icelandic design. The exhibition is accompanied by a presentation of new promising young designers, whose works have attracted attention.

Location: 751D·PARK


STEiNUNN fashion design exhibition includes 20 compositions of clothing items mounted on mannequins. Steinunn Sigurdardottir is one Iceland’s foremost fashion designers. She has worked with some of the worlds biggest fashion houses and now she has established her own brand STEiNUNN. Location: 751D·PARK


Space & Poetry - Weather Tuneby artist Gudrún Kristjánsdóttir is a multimedia installation which brings forth the cyclical movement of nature. She uses various visual and auditory media to capture the everchanging manuscript of the Icelandic spring creating a moving record of weather runes, letters and words, appearing and disappearing to be read and heard by the spectators. Location: 751D·PARK


Apparitionsby  photographer RAX, Ragnar Axelsson, is a collection of glacier pictures bringing to life the movements inside Vatnajökull Glacier, the biggest glacier in Europe. The frozen snow layers from the past are like endless piles of pages in a historical book. Location: 751D·PARK


Contemporary Art from Icelandshowcases a collection of works by acclaimed Icelandic artists, including Erla Haraldsdottir, Erla Þórarinsdóttir, Guðjón Ketilsson, Guðrún Einarsdóttir, Guðrún Kristjánsdóttir, Hulda Hákon, Inga Svala Þórsdóttir, Jón Óskar Ingólfsson, Erró and Sigurður Guðmundsson.

Location: The premises of the Embassy of Iceland in Beijing, invitations only.


The exhibitions constitute a follow-up to Iceland’s participation in the 2010 World Expo Shanghai as well as the Space and Poetry Symposium held in Reykjavik in early October which was sponsored by the recently founded China Iceland Cultural Fund.


The exhibitions are organized by the Icelandic Embassy in Beijing and co-sponsored by the 751D·PARK,Gehua Group, Zhong-Kun Group, Enex-China, Beijing Landmark Hotel, Wuzhou Friendship Fabric Company, Cardio Health Beds and Pillows.  Main sponsors in Iceland are the Icelandic Design Center, the Icelandic Art Center, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education and Culture and Promote Iceland.


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