Hreinn Fridfinnsson -invitation

"After a while, a shadow of a flying bird might pass across my hands."

It would not be right to define Hreinn Fridfinnsson as a strictly Conceptual artist - so rich are the range of directions and types of expression explored in his practice. Indeed, if his works move away from te more analytical forms adopted by certain Conceptualists, we could see it as belongings to a more lyrical line, characterized by a romantic tendency that seeks the potency of imagination, often conveyed by relating tp the natural landscape and its phenomena. It is no small merit of Fridfinnsson's work to have brought a narrative quality to Postminimalist art in more explicit ways than most artists of his generation.

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Born in 1943 in Dölum, Iceland
Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands


En quelques dates


2019 Retrospective To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964-Today, at the Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland.
2015 Personal exhibition Collected Personal Secrets, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, curator Krist Gruijthuijsen, for the Kunstverein d'Amsterdam.
2010 3rd Solo Show at the Galerie Papillon, To spin and swing you need a beat.
2007 Personal exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, in London.
1993 Represents Iceland at the Venice Biennale.
1982 Participates in the exhibition Sleeping Beauty - Art Now, Scandinavia Today, at the Guggenheim Museum in New-York.
1965 Co-founder of the SUM artist's group and Gallerí SÚM.

Dans la presse


"Hreinn Fridfinnsson was born in a landscape of almost nothing. A land at the end of the world, both bare and majestic, on which the imagination of men made elves and spells grow. This harsh and grandiose nature, fiels of singular natural phenomena, favorable to the blossoming of myths, irrigates all the artist's work." Irène Languin, in Tribune de Genève, mai 2019

"Cleanly cut wire mesh, alone or surrounded by glassware, invented fossil stones accompanied by a photograph, prints printed on canvas framing metal rods, drapery falling in the middle of decorative geometric forms constitute the essential of the artistic paraphernalia of Hreinn Fridfinnsson." Hervé Legros, in Art Press n°154, 1991

Solo exhibitions


2020 
Midnight jump, Rozenstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2019 
To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964–Today, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland 

2015
Echeos and Reflections, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
Between what and what not
Galerie Meessen De Clercq, Belgium
Echoes and reflections, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
I Collected Personal Secrets, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Kunstverein, curator Krist Gruijthuijsen, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2014
A Portrait of a Sculptor as a Sculpture, i8 Gallery, Iceland

2013
Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Nordenhake Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Around and about, Galerie Elba Benitez, Madrid, Spain

2012

Hús (House), Centre d'art Hafnafjördur, Hafnarborg, Iceland

2010
To spin and swing you need a beat, Galerie Papillon, Paris

2009
Hreinn Fridfinnsson, The Fall, Messendeleclercq Gallery, Brussels, Belgium 
Seven Times, 1972, Nordenhake gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2008
Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
Projet pour le parc de sculpture du Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan

2007 
Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

2006
Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris
Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan
Sudsudvestur, Keflavik, Iceland

2005
La Verrière Hermès, Brussels, Belgium
Reykjavik Arts Festival, Galerie Slunkariki, Iceland

2004
Galerie Claes Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany

2003
Galerie Papillon-Fiat, Paris

2002
Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan
Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan

2001
Something Black, Something White, Something Neither Black Nor White, Ljosaklif Hafnarfjördur, Iceland
E541 Art House, Iceland

2000
Ars Fennica, Waïno Aaltonen Museum of Art, Finlande/ Turku & Hameenlinnan Art Museum, Finlande/ Museum of Earth, Warsaw, Poland
Galerie Papillon-Fiat, Paris

1999
Editions Camomille, Brussels, Belgium
Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland
i8 galleri, Reykjavik, Iceland
Galerie A. Von Scholz, Berlin, Germany 

1998
Galerie 20m2, Reykjavik, Iceland
Galerie Fiskurinn, Reykjavik, Iceland
Collection, Another Place, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1997
Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris
Galerie Corridor, Reykjavik, Iceland

1996
Galerie Alexandra von Scholz, Berlin, Germany
Galerie Solon Islands, Reykjavik, Iceland
Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden

1995
Galerie Claes Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
Galerie Ingolfsstraeti 8, Reykjavik, Iceland
Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway

1994
Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris
Galerie Camille von Scholz, Brussels, Belgium
Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland
Galerie Rijs, Oslo, Norway
The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland 
Ultima Thule, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1993
Listasafn Islands, Reykjavik, Iceland
Biennale de Venise, Pavillon Islandais, Italy
Reykjavik Arts Festival, Iceland
National Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland

1992
Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
Rhythms in Space, ICA, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1991
Galerie Van Gelder, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1990
Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris
Reykjavik Arts Festival, Iceland
Galerie II, Reykjavik, Iceland

1989
Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
Galerie Slunkariki, Isafjördur, Iceland

1988
Nordiskt Konstcentrum, Galleria Augusta Helsinski, Finland
Kunstneres Hus, Oslo, Norway

1987
Forum, Zürich, Germany
Galerie Suzanne Biederberg , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Le Magasin/Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble
Galerie Bama, Paris

1986
Galerie Bama, Paris

1985
Galerie Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1984
Galerie Bama, Paris

1979
Galerie Helen Van der Meij, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Galerie Bama, Paris

1977
Galerie Sudurgata 7, Reykjavik, Iceland
Seriaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1976
Galerie Gaëtan, Genf, Switzerland
Galerie Elsa Von Honolulu, Gent, Belgium

1974
Galleri SÚM, Reykjavik, Iceland

1973
Galerie Fignal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
In-Out Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1972
In-Out Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1971
Galerie 845, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Galerie Fignal, Haarlem, Netherlands
Galerie Balderich, Mönchen-Gladbach, Germany

Group exhibitions


2018
Una Fornace a Marsiglia. CIRVA, Le stanze del vetro, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy

2016
198920072016, Galerie Papillon, Paris

2015
Homecomings : Projective Space, Kurfürstenstraße, Berlin, Germany
Still Life, Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris
Un été dans la Sierra, Château de Rentilly, Seine-et-Marne

2013
Cérémonie, Boutique Malinda Gloss, Paris
Mon île de Montmajour, Un parcours de Christian Lacroix autour des oeuvres du CIRVA, Abbaye de Montmajour, Arles

2012

The imminence of poetics, Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Particles, Meessen De Clercq Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium
La Tentation du verre, un choix d'œuvres de la Collection du CIRVA, Château de Villeneuve / Fondation Émile Hugues, Vence

2010
Cornered Rooms Facing in – Facing out , Waterside Project Space, Londres, UK
Exhibition, exhibition, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’arte contemporanea, Turin, Italy
Circuit céramique, Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, Sèvres

2009
Avoir 20 ans à voir, Galerie Papillon, Paris
Trente millions d'amis, Ecole Régionale des beaux-arts de Rouen
Comme des rois mages, le kiosque, Centre d'Action Culturelle Pays de Mayenne, Mayenne

2008
Des certitudes, sans doute(s), collection privée d’art contemporain, Musée de Picardie, Ecole supérieure d’art et de design, Amiens
Le bruissement des images, Centre Photographique de l'Île de France, Pontault-Combault

2005
Horizontal Memories (Water Event), Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway
Trivoli, Hveragerdi, Iceland
Où sommes-nous ?, FRAC Limousin, Limoges

2004
Eblouissement, Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris
Les mêmes et même quelques autres, Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris
Hanlungsanweisung, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Where do we go from here, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, USA
Ars Fennica, Russian State Museum, Saint Petersburg puis à Aboa Vetus Ars Nova, Turku, Finland

2001
Somewhere of the rainbow, FRAC Haute Normandie

2000
Carnegie Art Award 2000, Helsinki, Oslo, Goteborg, Copenhague, Stockholm, Reykjavik
Norden, Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
Amateur/ Eldsjäl", Gothenburg Art Museum, Sweden
Interplay, Contemporary Art Museum, Oslo, Norway
Museum of Earth, Warsaw, Poland
Aratta, Listasafn Kopavogs, Iceland
In the Mirror of Space& Time, Asmundarsalur, Reykjavik, Iceland
64°N.- 20° V, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Norway
Azerty, un abécédaire autour des collections du FRAC Limousin, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

1999
00, Galerie Van Gelder, Amsterdam, Nethelrands
Dularfulling gardurinn, Asmundarsalur, Reykjavik, Iceland
Museum of Foreign Art, Riga, Latvia
Natures Mortes, Galerie Papillon-Fiat, Paris

1998-99
Look me in the eyes, Galerie Von Gelder, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1998
Losse werken, rake klappen, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1997-98
Tekeningen, Galerie Maria Chailloux, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1997
De Verbouwing, de Verhuizing & de Verandering, Galerie Van Gelder, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1996
Landscape, Kjarvalsstadir Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
10 ans de Création à Marseille, CIRVA, Marseille
Maison Cerveaux, Noisiel

1995
Maisons-Cerveaux, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims et La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel
Tekeningen & tekeningen, Galerie Van Gelder, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pas pour la galerie, Galerie Camille Von Scholz, Brussels, Belgium

1994
Wanas, Sweden

1993
Edities& unica, Galerie Van Gelder, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Reconsidered images, Galerie Van Gelder, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1992
Galerie Van der Berge, Goes, Netherlands
Ijsland- Island, Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, Netherlands
Il paesaggio Culturale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
Arctic Circle, Norway
Artscade Norland, Hattfjelldal, Norway

1991
Six logos around the carpet, Galerie Van Gelder, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kôlnicher Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris
They see the light, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ruhrfestspiele, European Workshop, Recklinghausen, Germany
Kunst Europa 1991-Island, Kölnisher Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany

1990
Borealis, Louisiane, USA
Utopies, Grand Palais, Paris
Europäische Werkstatt Rurhgebiet, Ruhrfestspiele, Germany
Ruhrfestspiele, European Workshop, Recklinghausen, Germany
New nordic Art, The central house of artists, Moscow, Russia
Achilles de kwetsbare plek, Kasteel Groeneval, Baarn, Netherlands
The End of the Century, The Museum for Crafts, Moscow, Russia
The Nordic '60s Upheaval and Confrontation, National Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland

1989
Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris
SÚM 1965-1972, Kjarvassaldir, Reykjavik, Iceland
Borealis 4, Nordic Arts Center, Helsinski & Louisiana, Humlebaek / Pohjoismainen Taidekeskus, Suomenlinna & Louisiana, Humlebaek
Galerie Susann Biederberg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Utopies 89--L'Europe des Créateurs, Grand Palais, Paris
Many Pearls for a Line, Galerie Van Gelber, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1988
Natonal Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland

1986
Nordanad Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Nordanad Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1984
10 gestir Listahaditar 84 at Kjarvrlsstödum
Kjarvalsstadir, Reykjavik, Iceland

1983
ARS’83, Athenaeum Taidemuseo, Helsinki, Finland

1982
Einkaheimar-Personal Words, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
Sleeping Beauty - Art Now, Scandinavia Today, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
The Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1981
Aspects de l'art d’aujourd'hui, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire photographie, Geneva, Switzerland

1978
Elva moderna isländska konstnärer, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
Personal Worlds, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1977
Ca va ? ça va ?, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

1975
Kunstmuseum, Lucerne, Switzerland
Galerie Waalkens, Finsterwolde, Netherlands

1974
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands
H 20", St Nicolas Kirke, Copenhague, Denmark
Driemans-tentoonstelling, t'Hoogt, Utrecht, Netherlands

1973
8ème Biennale de Paris, Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris

1972
SÚM à Listahatid i, Reykjavik, Iceland
Communications, Galerie Inhibodress, Sydney, Australia

1971
SÚM IV, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1969
SÚM III Galleri SÚM, Reykjavik, Iceland

1967
UM '67, Laugardalshöll, Reykjavik, Iceland

1966
Den Nordiske Ungdomsbiennale pour Bildende Kunst, Louisiana museum of modern art, Humlebaek, Denmark

1965
SÚM 1, Asmundarsalur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Public orders


2007 
Sculpture Park, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Centre d’art contemporain, Bignan

2006 
Isafjordur Collage, Iceland

2004 
Reykjavik Energy, Iceland

1993 
Artspace Nordland, Hattfjelldal, Norway

1982 
Amsterdam City Hall, Netherlands

Selected collections


CNAP, Paris
FRAC Bourgogne
FRAC Limousin
FRAC Pays de la Loire
FRAC Bretagne
Liechtensteinische Staatliche Kunstsammlung, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Listasafn ASÍ, Reykjavik
Listasafn Reykjavíkur, Kjarvalsstadir, Reykjavik
Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö
Malmö Konsthall, Malmö
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, Helsinki
Musée National d´Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
National Gallery, Reykjavik
Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN), Amsterdam
Netherlands Government Collections, Haag
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik

Formation


1965
Co-founder of the SUM artist's group and Gallerí SÚM

1958-60
Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts, Reykjavik, Iceland