Hafnarhús (The Harbour House) downtown was built 1932-39. It consists of six galleries on two floors and is dedicated to contemporary art. There are two exhibitions on show at Hafnarhús this season. The one showcasing works by the Parish-based celebrity pop artist Erró who donated a huge part of his lifework to the Reykjavik Art Museum. The other is a temporary exhibition of the works of the Spanish-born artist Santiago Sierra which is on until 15 April. Santiago Sierra
Sierra is best known for his sometimes shocking documentaries and videos. Sierra has been accused of abusing the miserable situation of less fortunate people by paying them for participating in his works with forms of compensation that many consider extremely problematic. Sierra‘s intention, however, is not to shock, but to shed light on the general public‘s ideas on inequality and the unfair distribution of wealth within the society.
Sierra’s exhibition at Hafnarhús is the artist’s first international exhibition consisting entirely of his documentaries and videos, 51 in total. Sierra’s works are both provocative and radical and truly challenge the audience’s sense of propriety.
Erró – Drawings and Posters
Pop-artist Erró (1932- ) is probably the best known Icelandic artist abroad. In 1989 Erró donated a large collection of his works to the Reykjavik Art Museum. Among these were paintings, watercolours, graphic works, sculptures, collages and other works of art that span the whole artistic career of Erró, all the way back to his childhood.
The Erró collection now consists of more than 4000 art works and is exhibited at Hafnarhús all year round in various themed exhibitions.
Currently there are two exhibitions by the artist on show, the one showcasing 200 of his drawings and the other one 50 posters. The oldest date back to 1944 and the latest is from present time. Erró’s exhibitions are organized in a close cooperation with the artist and are based on works from both the artist’s private collection and the collection of Reykjavík Art Museum.