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Rúri. Yfirlitssýning retrospective.
The National Gallery of Iceland recently hosted a retrospective exhibition of artist Rúri’s work. Over a 40-year career, she has created installations, sculpture, mixed media works and performance art.
The artist forged her reputation as a provocative performance artist with “Golden Car” (1974), when she smashed a Mercedes Benz with a sledgehammer in Reykjavik’s town centre.
This dramatic early work evolved to more pensive pieces focused on subjects of space and time, one of which being “Archive – Endangered Waters” (2008), a giant steel box containing 52 photographic slides of Icelandic waterfalls, each threated by industrial activity. Viewers pull out the giant slides to activate dramatic yet soothing sounds of each waterfall.
The exhibition also includes a series of geometric relief works as well as haunting refugee scenes. Rúri represented Iceland in the Venice Biennale in 2003 and is heralded as one of Iceland’s most internationally successful artists.
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