Press release from Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum May 10th 2024
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Sculptural Diversity in Fibers and Wood
Anni Bloch and Sigurjón Ólafsson

Her Excellency, Kirsten Rosenvold Geelan, Denmark's am­bas­sador to Iceland, opens the summer exhibition in Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum at Laugarnes on Friday, May 31st at 4pm.
    The exhibition, Sculptural Diversity in Fibers and Wood, features three-dimensional textile works by the Danish artist Anni Bloch and selected sculptures by Sigurjón Ólafsson.
    The works of these artists are different in appearance, but Anni and Sigurjón have in common that they have created un­con­ven­tion­al works of art with old traditional crafts. Both of them have worked with natural materials and made full use of the possibilities that the material allowed. Anni's works are made with a needle and threads in silk, hemp and even copper. Sigur­jón's works in the exhibition are carved in wood − often with various additions − brazed metal works or molded in clay.

Anni Bloch is educated at the Håndarbejdets Fremmes Semi­nar­ium in Denmark. Besides practicing her craft to create artwork, she has studied the field of embroidery and published her results in the book Dåbstøj - Kristenklæder: Historien om dåben, barnesynet og tekstilerne (Baptism clothes, the history of baptism, the vision of infants and the textiles) and reviewed articles. Her artwork has been exhibited in Denmark, Sweden and Iceland. On Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm, she will guide visitors through the exhibition.

Born in Iceland, Sigurjón Ólafsson (1908−1982) studied at the Royal Aca­demy in Copenhagen and lived in Den­mark for almost two decades. He was regarded as one of Denmark’s most prominent artists. After moving back to Iceland in 1945 he became one of the pioneers of abstract art in Iceland and the leading portrait sculptor of his time. After he passed away his widow founded the Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum in their home and his former studio.

The exhibition is sponsored by Fond­et for Dansk-Is­landsk Sam­arbejde and Dansk−Islandsk Fond
The last day of this exhibition is September 15th 2024. The museum is open daily, except Mondays, between 1 and 5 pm. Admission: 1000 ISK, all major credit cards accepted. Museum's Summer Concerts: Every Tuesday evening from July 2nd to August 13th. Excellent Café with a view over the ocean.
Listasafn Sigurjóns Ólafssonar • Laugarnestangi 70 • IS 105 Reykjavík • tel +354 553 2906 • LSO(at)