b. 1970, Reykjavik, Iceland
1992 – 1996 The Icelandic Collage of Art and Crafts
1995 Degree in Music from Reykjavik Music Collage
1997-1998 CCA – Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu, Japan.
2002-2003 Reykjavik University, MBA.
Selected solo exhibitions
2013 The Akranes Museum Centre – The Unrealized Works
2009 Akiyoshidai International Art Center, Yamaguchi, Japan – “New Heights, New Opportunities”
2005 FUGL gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland – “Word”
2003 ASI, Art Museum Reykjavik, Iceland – “Ivar Valgarðsson is brought to you by Thoroddur Bjarnason
2002 Slunkariki, Isafjordur, Iceland – “New public art for Isafjordur”
2001 The Reykjavik Academy, Reykjavik, Iceland
1998 Café Mokka, Reykjavik – “Attempt to Create Positive/Negative discussion”
The Living Art Museum – Reykjavik, Iceland – “Parliament of floating discussion”
Manken Gallery Kanasawa, Japan – “Sake Society”
1997 Shimizu´s Studio, Kitakyushu, Japan, “Wet People”
Yahata Train station, Kitakyushu, Japan – “Portrait of Kubota, Chieko”
Gallery Showcase, Reykjavik, Iceland – “To the Sea”
1996 The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland – “Clean Exhibition Space”
Gallery Gulp, Hótel Holt, Reykjavik, Iceland – “Whiskey”
1995 Gallery Glumur, Reykjavik, Iceland – “Without Prejudism” (performance)
Selected group exhibitions
2018 To Make Art Happen, Safe House, London
2013 The Living Art Museum. Embracing Impermanence – Performance night.
2013 Óskastígur – outdoor exhibition
2013 Studio Stafn, Reykjavik. Three men “reunion” exhibition.
2012 The Night of the Lost Art works – Performance Night
2012 Akranes Forestry – Afstaða eða af Stað
2011 The National Art museum of the Farao Islands – Játtanir
2009 Breiðakur 17-19 – Fokhelt
2008 The Reykjavik Academy – “Art and theory”
2004 National Gallery of Iceland – “Young Icelandic Art “
Gallery +, Akureyri, Iceland – “Aldrei, Nie, Never”
Kunsthalle Lopheem, Belgium “Voids, Pads, Places”
2003 The Living Art Museum – 25 years anniversary exhibition
2002 Gallery Skuggi, Reykjavik, Iceland – “Tengi”
London Penthouse apartment – “Rooftop”
2000 NIFCA – “Discussion.is”
Belfast, N – Ireland , Viva Scanland.
Hannover, Germany – “Eine Deutsche Einkaufspassage”
Hlemmur,Reykjavík, Iceland – “The Best Hlemmur in the World”
The Nordic house, Reykjavik-“ Flakk, or that extraordinary sensation of being abroad even when at home”
Kitakyushu City, Japan – “”Dream On”
1999 De Appel, Amsterdam: “Anarchitecture “
Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich. Thoroddur Bjarnason & Glen Rubsamen, “Please Let My Affections Lead Me Into Danger”
1998 Reykjavik Art Museum: “-30+60 “
LNM Gallery, Oslo, Norway:: “4 Icelandic artists”
The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland – “In the Flesh
CCA, Kitakysuhu, Japan: It May Occur it will Never Happen”
1997 Cafe Mokka, Reykjavik, Iceland – “Self Portraits”
The Sidumuli Prison, Reykjavik, Iceland: “Tukt”
1996 Listhus 39 – Art gallery – “Three Artists”
2003 Six months visual artists stipend, from the Iceland Ministry of Culture
2000 The Nordic Cultural Nets – project grant for discussion.is web project.
1999 Penninn Art award
1999 Svavar Gudnason and Asta Eiriksdottir art award
1996 Graduation prize – Icelandic College of Art and Crafts
Works in public collections
“Bring your Children”, Reykjavik Art Museum ( installation )
“ Finance – Art” series – The Icelandic National Museum. ( pencil on painted concrete )
Together – The Living Art Museum ( mixed media )
In Through The ….. – The Living Art Museum ( video )
2011 TGT-19. Katsuhisa Shimizu
2009 Breiðakur 17-19, Garðabæ. Fokhelt. this.is/fokhelt
2008 Reykjavik Municipal Museum, “Symphony of the Eye – Bragi Ásgeirsson retrospective”
2000 Hlemmur, Reykjavik, Iceland – “The Best Hlemmur in The World”
Numerous art reviews written for Fréttabladid ( The Newspaper ), Iceland´s biggest daily newspaper over a one year period.
As a Journalist and a critic at Morgunbladid (the Morning Post), Iceland’s leading newspaper, over a
period of 10 years, I wrote among other things, a large number of reviews, news articles and interviews with
Icelandic and international artists, musicians and writers.
Text about Rirkrit Tiravanija and Gabriel Orozco in a catalogue for their two men exhibition in The Living Art Museum.
Problematic Present – Bright Future. On Japanese contemporary art. In a catalogue for a show in Akureyri´s Art
Museum of Makato Aida´s and Hlynur Hallsson´s works.
Texts about different artists for their catalogues and websites.
2015 Réttarríkið ( Sheep World ) – Á báðum áttum. Comic Book.
2010 Réttarríkið. ( Sheep World ) Comic book.
2008 Symphony of the Eye. Book about the art of Bragi Asgeirsson, with an interview with the artist.
Published for a retrospective curated by me, with the same name at Kjarvalsstaðir.
1993 – Several Poetry books.
2002 Icelandic Contemporary Art, for Saga Film/Icelandair (Documentary)
2001 Gestsaugað, Mósaík, RÚV state TV, Plumbing. (Specially produced art video )
2000 Gestsaugað, Mósaík, RÚV state TV, The Shopping Cart. (Specially Produced art video)
“Reunion”. Fréttablaðið 27. 4. 2013.
Interview about “The Unrealized Projects”. Víðsjá, RUV ( The Icelandic State run Broadcasting Service )
14. feb 2013
Fullmótuð heild ógerðra verka 6. feb.2013
Fréttablaðið – newspaper
Listgildi Samtímans ( book )
Jón B.K. Ransu, 2012.
Icelandic Art History. ( book )
Volume 5 . 2011.
History of the Living Art Museum. 2011. ( book )
I Like to Watch. 06.04.2011
Fokhelt coverage. Víðsjá, RUV ( The Icelandic State run Broadcasting Service )
Mósaík, State TV. 16.01.2002.
Exhibition in the Reykjavik Academie
Here and now. January. 2002.
Halldór Björn Runólfsson:
“The beauty is everywhere”. Morgunblaðið.
Orri Páll Ormarsson. 01.12.01”
Samsyning menningarneta. ( Collaboration of Cultural Nets)”
The Morning Post. 07.11.2000. By Orri Páll Ormarsson.
Architektur und (als) Wunschvorstellung, bei Bernd Klueser.
Kunstbulletin. June 2000. By Anne Maier.
Vardagen blir kunst. The Gothenburg Post.
08.06.00 By Kristina Hermansson
New Sensations NU, The Nordic Art Review.
VOL. ll No.3-4/00 . by Andrea Kroksnes.
The art of drifting
The Morning Post. By Halldor Bjorn Runolfsson. 20.06
NU the nordic art magazine
March-april 2000. By Gunnar J. Arnason
Aperto Reykjavík. Flash Art International.
January – February 1999. By Halldor Bjorn Runolfsson.
Interviewed by Jonina Michaelsdottir
in Laufskalinn, Radio 1. 20.06.00
Tilgangslaust storborgarflandur med meiru.
DV. 05.06.00. By Aslaug Thorlacius.
Interviewed by Jorunn Sigurdardottir in
Vidsja, Radio 1. 04.99
Inn og ut i Amsterdam. (In and Out in Amsterdam).
The Morning Post 04.05.99.
And Time stands still.( Og timinn stendur kyrr).
The Morning Post 12.12.98. Critic by Halldor Bjorn Runolfsson.
Lett og latlaust.(Straight forward with easyness)
The Morning post 24.11.98. Critic by Halldor Bjorn Runolfsson.
Ekki selt eitt einasta verk.(Never sold a single work)
Umraedan flytur og skytur rotum.(Discussion floats and Puts down its roots).
The Morning Post -Lesbók. 14.11.98.
Samsyning fjogurra islenskra myndlistarmanna í Oslo.
(Four Icelandic Artists in a group Exhibition in Oslo).
The Morning Post 1998.
Siksi,The Nordic art magazine. Gunnar Arnason
On being incarcerated. 1997.
Hreinleikinn og haestu haedir. (Purity and heights)
The Morning Post 23.07.96. Critic by Eirikur _orlaksson
Fjoltaeknimenn. (Multi Media Men ) The Morning Post
August 1996. Critic by Eirikur _orlaksson.
Hofda til samkenndar folks. (Appeal to Peoples Solidarity)
The Morning Post Lesbok. 13.07.96.
Himinn og jord. (Heaven and Earth) DV. July 96.
Critic by Olafur Engilbertsson.