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 Baer Dölum, Iceland
Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Key dates

2021 Hreinn Fridfinnsson : For the Time Being, Museum of Art and Design Miami Dade College, Miami, Etats-Unis
2019 Retrospective To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964-Today, at KW Institute of Contemporary art of Berlin, Germany, and at the Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland.
2015 Personal exhibition at Kunstverein, Amsterdam, Pays Bas.
2010 To spin and swing you need a beat, 7th solo show at Galerie Papillon, Paris.
2007 Personal exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, in London.
2002 Personal exhibition at Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan.
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 SÚM 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

About the Day and the Ray, Meessen De Clercq, Bruxelles, Belgique
Conduct 10, i8 Gallery, Reykjavìk, Islande
By the Waterfall, EENWERK, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas
Nr. 4 Umhverfing / N° 4 Around, Academy of the Senses, projet d'art publique, Dalasysla, Islande


Hreinn Fridfinnsson : For the Time Being, Museum of Art and Design Miami Dade College, Miami, Etats-Unis 
One Thing and Another, and Then Some More, Galeria Elba Benitez, Madrid, Espagne 

Midnight jump, Rozenstraat, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas
A Group of Pieces, Nordenhake Gallerie, Stockholm, Suède. 
Midnight jump, Rozenstraat, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas 

To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964–Today, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève, Suisse 

By the Ocean, EENWERK, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas

Hulduklettur, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Allemagne

Echeos and Reflections, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Suède
Between what and what not
Galerie Meessen De Clercq, Belgique
Echoes and reflections, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Suède
I Collected Personal Secrets, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Kunstverein, Amsterdam, commissaire Krist Gruijthuijsen

A Portrait of a Sculptor as a Sculpture with a Sculpture by a Sculptor, i8 Gallery, Islande
Time and time and again, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavìk, Islande
Messen De Clercq, Bruxelles, Belgique

Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Nordenhake Gallery, Berlin, Allemagne
Around and about, Galerie Elba Benitez, Madrid, Espagne


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

Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finlande

To spin and swing you need a beat, Galerie Papillon, Paris
More or Less, Galerie i8, Reykjavìk, Islande

Hreinn Fridfinnsson, The Fall, Meessen de Clercq Gallery, Brussels, Belgium 
Seven Times, 1972, Nordenhake gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

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

Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

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

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

Galerie Claes Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany

Galerie Papillon-Fiat, Paris

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

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

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

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

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

Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris
Galerie Corridor, Reykjavik, Iceland

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

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

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

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

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

Galerie Van Gelder, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

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

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

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

Galerie Bama, Paris

Galerie Suzanne Biederberg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Galerie Bama, Paris

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

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

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

Galleri SÚM, Reykjavik, Iceland

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

In-Out Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

Group exhibitions

Formes de la ruine, Musée des Beaux-arts de Lyon, Lyon
The source. 1983-2023, Un regard sur les collection du FRAC Pays de la Loire, Nantes, France

Une histoire de famille, Collection(s) Robelin, MAC Lyon
To Light Shadow and Dust, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Allemagne
A family story, Collection(s) Robelin, Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, France
This Play, Arter, Istanbul, Turquie
i8 Gallery, Reykjavìk, Islande

Fortieth Anniversary Exhibition of the Corridor, Galleri Gangur / The Corridor, Reukjavìk, Islande
For Eyes That Listen, Arter, Istanbul, Turquie

Outline, Kopavogur Art Museum, Reykjavik, Islande
30 ans pile ! Galerie Papillon, Paris, France
Moving Images Department #11 : Image (of) Slence, National Gallery, Prague, République Tchèque
Untitled, no author, Gallery Port, Reykjavik, Islande

Una Fornace a Marsiglia. CIRVA, Le stanze del vetro, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venise, Italie
Speak of money and love, Galerie Papillon, Paris, France
Honey, I rearranged the collection, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Allemagne
The Unending Gift, Messen De Clercq, Bruxelles, Belgique
After Finitude, a selection by Elena Damiani, Galerie Nordenhake, Mexico City, Mexique

Happy People, The Living Art Museum Reykjavik, Islande
Skulpturprojekte Münster, Allemagne
The multiple versus the unique work, Galerie Van Gelder, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas

198920072016, Galerie Papillon, Paris
Lightpaint, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Islande
Once we were next door neighbours with John Zurier, ASI Art Museum, Reykjavik, Islande
Iceland Yoko Ono: One More Story... Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Islande

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Somewhere of the rainbow, FRAC Haute Normandie

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

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

Look me in the eyes, Galerie Von Gelder, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

Tekeningen, Galerie Maria Chailloux, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

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

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

Wanas, Sweden

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

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

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

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

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

Natonal Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland

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

10 gestir Listahaditar 84 at Kjarvrlsstödum
Kjarvalsstadir, Reykjavik, Iceland

ARS’83, Athenaeum Taidemuseo, Helsinki, Finland

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

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

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

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

Kunstmuseum, Lucerne, Switzerland
Galerie Waalkens, Finsterwolde, Netherlands

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

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

SÚM Ã Listahatid i, Reykjavik, Iceland
Communications, Galerie Inhibodress, Sydney, Australia

SÚM IV, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam, Netherlands

SÚM III Galleri SÚM, Reykjavik, Iceland

UM '67, Laugardalshöll, Reykjavik, Iceland

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

SÚM 1, Asmundarsalur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Public orders

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

Isafjordur Collage, Iceland

Reykjavik Energy, Iceland

Artspace Nordland, Hattfjelldal, Norway

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


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

Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts, Reykjavik, Iceland