The Icelandic Pavilion celebrates Venice Biennale with Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir

CONTINUING to forge strong ties with La Biennale di Venezia, The Icelandic Pavilion will be exhibiting its work at the International Art Exhibition. Iceland has showcased work at the event since the 1960s, whereas its national pavilion has become a tradition after its 1984 debut.

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir

Having previously featured work by reputable art-world figures such as Sigurður Guðjónsson, Shoplifter and Egill Sæbjörnsson, The Icelandic Pavilion strives to promote and protect Icelandic contemporary art.

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir

Now, The Icelandic Pavilion opened its doors to the public, presenting That’s a Very Large Number A Commerzabau by Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir. Curated by Dan Byers, the exhibition consists of a series of sculptures and installations which explore our relationship with mass-produced objects.

“It’s a pleasure to finally be able to share Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir’s beautifully perplexing exhibition. That’s a Very Large Number – A Commerzbau is full of modest gestures which initially charm and delight. Then they make you reconsider everything. This project and its artworks live between these two poles, posing questions of aesthetics and social conditioning, abstraction and capitalism, wonder and the dark abyss of overlapping planetary catastrophes,” comments Byers.

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir

Reykjavik-based artist Birgisdóttir has gained much fame in the industry thanks to her distinct creative approach. Analysing global production and distribution systems, materiality and the beauty in the banal, the artist makes informed, thought-provoking aesthetic decisions.

Speaking on the exhibition, Birgisdóttir said: “I’m truly so excited to present my notions to the visitors of the Venice Biennale. Dealing with an International art exhibition has been a pleasure and I hope people will take a moment to enjoy the pleasures and pain in this show, what this place in time has to offer.”

by Sophie Richardson

The exhibition will run from the 20th of April to the 24th of November 2024. For more information, please visit here.