Toward a new beginning

The photographer Gunnar Freyr Gunnarsson opened his exhibition Toward a new beginning  in gallerí Klaustur at the cultural centre Sunday 13th July. The exhibition is about transition, flow and change – and marks the shifting paradigm we are in - going from a world impacted by a pandemic to something new. The images focus on natures creation, emergence and new beginnings. The pictures are from all around Iceland, with a few of the images placing special emphasis on East Iceland.

Gunnar Freyr Gunnarsson is an Icelandic-Danish photographer. Since he moved to Iceland in 2015, it‘s has been his passion to discover his home country through the lens of his camera. Gunnar has studied at The School of Photography in Reykjavik, is an official Canon Nordic Photographer and has been living as a professional photographer for almost 5 years. His works have gained attention worldwide and have for example been used for marketing Iceland. His official website is www.icelandicexplorer.com

The exhibition is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm until 9th July.

New COVID restrictions 31st July

Due to new Covid restrictions which are valid as of 31st July (12:00) we announce that the cultural center at Skriðuklaustur will continue to be open daily from 10:00-18:00, both the exhibitions and the café. We expect our visitors to help us to keep the 2m social distance and the number limit of visitors according to each space. We rely on our guests to be understanding and patient because the service and space is limited and to use our facilities to wash and sanitize hands. You can book a table at Klausturkaffi café by phone 471-2992. Lunch is served from 11:30-14:00 and afternoon cakes from 15:00-17:00. While waiting you can have a look at the monastic ruins, try our maze or visit the next door information center for the Vatnajökull National Park. Be understanding, mindful, and supportive of each other. Civil defense is still in our hands!

Drowning Pool - video work

The American artist Joan Perlman has opnened an exhibition in gallery Klaustur. The title of the video work on exhibit is _Drowning Pool_. It is "a work about healing and retribution, comprised of layered video and long durational sequences that convey the liminal presence at the confluence of past and present, blending dark history and momentary beauty. Irish composer Linda Buckley created the hauntingly resonant soundtrack, using voice and experimental media." The exhibition ends on 24th July.

From Earth - art exhibit

"From Earth" an art exhibit by Harpa Dís Hakonardóttir opened in the gallery on Saturday June 13th. The exhibition is a conversation between materials from the area, clay from the banks of Selfljót and utility larch trees from Fljótsdalur. The clay overflows the paper that binds it and the tree frames it. The exhibition is a continuation of Harpa Dís's previous research on unburned clay, especially from Icelandic soil.

Harpa Dís Hákonardóttir (b. 1993) is an artist and writer, born and raised in Kopavogur. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2019 where she focused on sculpture and working with materials such as plaster, wood, concrete and clay. Harpa Dís was an artist in residency at Skriðuklaustur in September 2020 and the idea of ​​the exhibit came to fruition during the stay.

The exhibition is sponsored by Skógarafurðir in Fljótsdalur. It is open every day from 10 till 6 and runs until July 3rd.

Spring exhibitions at the cultural centre

Saturday 16th May two exhibitions will be opened at Skriðuklaustur. In the Living room three artists will exhibit their works that bring new life to old handcraft traditions and worn clothes. They are: Þórdís Jónsdóttir known for her pillows with traditional flower embroidery; Philippe Recart who uses the old nordic weaving style for his fine textiles; and Ýr Jóhannsdóttir who decorates old jumpers with knitting and embroidery. This exhibition ends on 7th June and is in collaboration with Handverk & Hönnun.

In gallery Klaustur Úlfar Trausti Þórðarson will exhibit his exceptional photographs of landscape. He calls the exhibition Northeast landscape, which derives from that the pictures are taken in the north and east of Iceland. His exhibition ends on 11th June.

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