The Modern Art of the Faroe Islands at the Leopold Museum, Vienna








Leopold Museum, Wien

The Modern Art of the Faroe Islands
Exhibition > 9 September 2008







Through 7 September 2008, the Leopold Museum is presenting the first comprehensive exhibition on the art of the Faroe Islands ever to be held outside of Scandinavia.

Paintings, works of graphic art and installations by 32 artists are brought together in the show.



EDWARD FUGLØ (*1965)
Culture Club, 2006
140 x 428 cm
Acryl auf Leinwand / Acrylic on canvas
The Municipality of Klaksvík, Faroe Islands
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Since 1948, the Faroese have been more or less autonomous as an “equal nation” of the Kingdom of Denmark. The country is among the smallest in Europe, with a population of approximately 50,000 and a surface area of 1,400 km2. The island dwellers speak Faroese, which is related to the Icelandic and Norwegian languages.

The art of the Faroe Islands is largely unknown outside of Scandinavia, and this is primarily a result of the country’s geographic isolation. The exhibition at the Leopold Museum offers the public an opportunity to discover a fascinating region at the northern edge of Europe through its art and its artists, who have very certainly earned more widespread attention.



80 Works of Art from 6 Decades

In a selection of approximately 80 works of art dating from the last six decades, the exhibition traces a development that began with landscape and figural depictions in the tradition of the European avant-garde, and which to this day has led to a multiplicity of artistic approaches and forms of expression. The artworks are fresh and innovative, surprising the beholder with an irony, humour and deep respect for nature that are seldom found in the contemporary art of Continental Europe.



JSÁMAL JOENSEN-MIKINES (1906-1979)
Walfang, 1942 [Pilot Whale Hunting]
Originaltitel: Grindedrab
176 x 233 cm
Öl auf Leinwand / Oil on canvas
The Faroese Parliament’s Office, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
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BEINTA AV REYNI (*1970)
Hinter der Gardine, 2007 [Behind the Curtain]
Originaltitel: Bag Gardinet
35 x 35 cm
Öl auf Leinwand / Oil on canvas
Beatrice Thomas á Heygum,Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
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ANNIE HEINESEN (*1974)
Ohne Titel (Fotoinstallation), 2004 [No Title (Photo-installation)]
110 x 110 cm
Fotografie auf Spannplatte
Photography on flake board
Annie Heinesen
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
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The selection of artworks represents the very personal decisions of curator Michael Fuhr and makes no pretensions of completeness. Artworks that seem typically Faroese are set in dialog.

The Faroe Islands are marked by their picturesque landscape, which is characterised by steep dark cliffs, deep fjords between green mountains, and abrupt changes in the weather, which often result in dramatic contrasts and dynamic light relationships that can often be highly irritating.

The exhibition is organised into the thematic areas “Nature/The Elements”, “People and Animals”, “Island


Catalogue

A bilingual catalogue in English and German is being published on the occasion of the exhibition:

Leopold Museum – Listasavn Føroya (Faroe Islands Art Museum) (eds.). The Modern Art of the Faroe Islands. Vienna – Tørshavn, 2008, 160 pages with numerous illustrations and articles by Dagmar Warming and Michael Fuhr.






    Text © Museum Ludwig
    Images © All rights reserved





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~ by Stampfli & Turci on August 20, 2008.

2 Responses to “The Modern Art of the Faroe Islands at the Leopold Museum, Vienna”

  1. […] The Modern Art of the Faroe Islands at the Leopold Museum, Vienna […]

  2. Its ironic that “…deep respect for nature…” was mentioned, and then the painting about pilot whale hunting was shown, isn’t it?

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