Belgians get Four Months of Icelandic Art and Culture:
An Icy Spring in Brussels
The largest exposition of Icelandic culture abroad this year will undoubtedly be the festival Iceland on the Edge, which opens February 27 at Bozar Expo in Brussels and will run until May 15. The festival includes readings, film screenings, theatre, dance, architecture and music as well as art – it even includes an exhibition of ornamented viking-age drinking horns from the National Museum in Reykjavík. The visual arts are featured in no fewer than three exhibitions. There will be an exhibition of landscape-inspired paintings by three artists, Jóhannes Kjarval, Kristján Davíðsson and Georg Guðni. Rúrí, who represented Iceland in Venice at the 2001 Biennale, mounts a major video installation using images of waterfalls. Lastly, art historian Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir has curated a large exhibition that she calls Dreams of the Sublime and Nowhere in Contemproary Icelandic Art, "inspired by Iceland's natural environment, that ranges from unique photographs to contemporary multimedia installations." Those who find themselves in Brussels this spring should not miss the opportunity to take in a large helping of Iceland at Bozar.
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