Reykjavík Arts Festival

Various Venues

Requisitioning nearly every art venue in the capital and across Iceland, the Reykjavík Arts Festival turned the whole island into an art gallery featuring mostly new work by thirty-four artists, including Carsten Höller, Lawrence Weiner, Thomas Hirschhorn, and Olafur Eliasson. The focal point of the project, its link to other places and other times, was the work of Dieter Roth. The German/Swiss artist who made Iceland his home from the mid-’50s on was extensively presented in several Reykjavík venues under the title “Dieter Roth—Train.” In addition to Roth’s well-known studio environments, film and video diaries, and installations of perishable and decaying materials like chocolate or spices, the exhibition contained early pieces relating to his background in printmaking and design. Interestingly, his son Björn, who curated the Roth exhibition, is still finalizing some of the works,

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