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RÚRÍ – And Now What? / E Agora?


RÚRÍ  –  And Now What? / E Agora?

International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture – MIEC

Santo Tirso, Portugal

March 10th – June 25th 2023

Glassrain – The National Gallery of Iceland


Rúrí – Glassrain / Glerregn

The National Gallery of Iceland

March 4th to September 17th 2023

The exhibition has been prolonged to October  1st.


Glassrain is an installation from 1984, one of the first of Rúrí‘s many works that address the theme of time and menace. Glassrain comprises 500 razor-sharp fragments of glass, each ending in a point; the glass sheets, of variable length, hang in clusters from ceiling to floor. Each piece is suspended on a clear thread, and when a visitor walks past the piece, air currents lead the glass pieces to turn on their threads.

Curator: Vigdís Rún Jónsdóttir

And Now What? / E Agora?


RÚRÍ  –  And Now What? / E Agora?

International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture – MIEC

Santo Tirso, Portugal

March 10th – June 25th 2023


Solo exhibition of Rúrí’s works reflecting on some aspects of global warming.In connection with the exhibition the museum will publish a book on the artworks exhibited and the oeuvre of he artist.


Curator: Álvaro Moreira

Authors: Pari Stave, Álvaro Moreira



Something is About To Happen – Það liggur í loftinu


Something is About To Happen – Það liggur í loftinu

Exhibition – Korpúlfsstadir – Hlöduloftid

Thorsvegur 1, 112 Reykjavik

March 4. – 26.


Works by Þór Vigfússon – Níels Hafstein – Rúrí

Opening Saturday March 4th at 16:00

Open Thursdays 17:00 – 19:00, Weekends 13:00 – 17:00



Nr. 4 Umhverfing


Nr. 4 Umhverfing

The Westfjord Peninsula, Iceland

Opening in June 2022


The exhibition venue is a combination of  unconventional exhibition spaces both indoor and outdoor locations that are spread all around the peninsula,  also stretching into the adjoining ‘Vesturland area’. The scale of the exhibition is unpresedented in Iceland. In all there are 125 artists participating with their artworks.


Vituð ‘ér enn – eða hvað?


Vinsamlegast farið yfir á enskan hluta síðunnar til að fá upplýsingar um nýjustu viðburði.


Elegy, 2000
Museum, 1987


Hlöðuloftið, Korpúlfsstaðir
Thorsvegur 1, 112 Reykjavík


The exhibition period is April 23rd to May 15th 2022,
Opening on Saturday April 23rd  at 14:00 – 18:00

Open Saturdays and Sundays from 13:00 till 18:00
Saturday May 14th open from 15:00 to 18:00


The present conflict in Ukraine is once again a threatening reminder of the possibility of nuclear war.

At Korpúlfsstaðir, Rúrí has installed two works about the devastations of war: Elegy, 2000, a documentary film made in the aftermath of the Bosnian War, and Museum, 1987, an installation that imagines an archaeology of a future, uninhabited planet. These poignant works from the artist’s archive embody in a timely way many of the concerns about inhumanity, injustice, and destruction addressed throughout Rúrí’s important and groundbreaking artistic practice.


Curator: Pari Stave

Are you glad if you can ask something?


Are you glad if you can ask something?

Networking between East and North

LA Art Museum, Hveragerdi Iceland

June 4th- September 4th 2022


Avant-garde artists from the Eastern Bloc wanted to connect to the Western art world in the sixties and seventies. At the same time, Icelandic art scene was opening to Fluxus and mail art due to the widespread networking by the artists and galleries such as SÚM and Gallery Suðurgata 7. This two-sided attempt to connect resulted in lively correspondence and a few exhibitions by Hungarian artists.


Represented artists:  Eggert Pétursson, Endre Tot, Gábor Attalai, Géza Perneczky, Ingólfur Arnarsson, Kristján Guðmundsson, Rúrí, Sigurður Guðmundsson.


Curator: Zsóka Leposa, Co-curator: László Százados



LISTVAL Christmas Exhibition at Harpa


LISTVAL Christmas Exhibition
Harpa Concert Hall
Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavik
December 4th – 29th 2021


Listval opens its Christmas exhibition at Harpa Concert Hall on December 4th. with artworks by 70 artists.
Among these are works by the Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir and Rúrí and many more.


Info at: Listval

Svona gerum við – MULTIS


December 2nd to 29th 2021
Hafnartorg – Tryggvagata 21, Reykjavik


Multis specializes in multiples by contemporary artists.
Among the exhibitiong artists are:  Guðjón Ketilsson, Steingrímur Eyfjörð, Rúrí, Ingunn Fjóla Ingþórsdóttir, The Icelandic Love Corpotration and many more.

Some of Rúrí’s multiples from the periode 1998 to 2020 are presented at the exhibition.


Info at: MULTIS

Children of the time


Interview on RÚV radio station

by Gudni Tómasson with Rúrí

2. okt. 2021

Barn tímans að þessu sinni er myndlistarmaðurinn Rúrí: Listen

Umsjón: Guðni Tómasson.


Önnur sería – 3. þáttur

Börn tímans eru listamenn sem náð hafa viðurkenningu og góðum árangri í listsköpun sinni. Í hverjum þætti er rætt við listamann á heimavelli og spurt hvað drífur þig áfram, hver eru viðfangsefnin og áskoranirnar og hvað gerir leitina að inntaki listarinnar þess virði að haldið er í hana.

Tónlistin í þættinum er eftir Benjamin Britten.

The Wise Fool Art Podcast


Matthew Dols interview with

Multi-Media Artist, Rúrí (Iceland)


We discussed: how she made a museum, Public art, percent for the arts, politics of the arts, gender issues in the arts, legacy planning, and issues of fame.

Listen to the interview here MP3

Episode Home

People + Places mentioned:

Other Books and So – ,

Living art museum –


Audio editing by Jakub Černý

Music by Peat Biby

Supported in part by: EEA Grants from Iceland, Liechtenstein + Norway – And we appreciate the assistance of our partners in this project: Hunt Kastner – + Kunstsentrene i Norge –

Ti con Zero



Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome

October 12, 2021 –  February 27, 2022


Curated by Paola Bonani, Francesca Rachele Oppedisano and Laura Perrone.


Algorithms that use error as a system for generating forms, synthetic biological apparatuses, intuitive eukaryote microbes and artificial intelligences, territorial transformation processes, desertification, space exploration and Martian panoramas. The research of the artists involved in the T Zero exhibition is configured as a venue for debate, for discarding or overturning the themes and paradigms of our contemporary world: profiling and automation, the frontiers of medical genetics, global warming, ecological reconversion, forecasting models and spillover. Through direct collaboration with scientists and research institutes, and making the best possible use of the sweeping opportunities offered by technology, these artists transcend the current moment of applied research and using the imaginative strength proper to the work of art they configure unique and occasionally dystopic visions of the potential future.


Exhibiting artists:

Adelita Husni-Bey, Agnes Denes, Albrecht Dürer, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Alighiero Boetti, Antony Gormley, Carsten Nicolai, Channa Horwitz, Christian Mio Loclair, Daniel Steegman Mangrané, Dora Budor, Gino De Dominicis, Giuseppe Penone, Gustav Metzger, Hicham Berrada, Jenna Sutela, Nancy Holt, Pierre Huyghe, Rachel Rose, Revital Cohen, Richard Mosse, Robert Smithson, Roman Ondak, Roman Opałka, Rudolf Steiner, Rúrí, Ryoji Ikeda, Sissel Tolaas, Tacita Dean, Tega Brain, Troika, Tuur van Balen.


www – Ti con zero 

Ti con zero-image

ABRAKADABRA – The Magic of Contemporary Art


ABRAKADABRA – The Magic of Contemporary Art
Reykjavik Art Museum – Hafnahus, Reykjavik
October 30. 2021 – March 20. 2022


In this diverse exhibition, new works by contemporary artists are presented especially with children and young people in mind. The works are all in the collection of the Reykjavík Art Museum. Presentation, mediation and education aims to open up the world of art as it appears today for younger audiences. Along with the exhibition, there is a rich program as well as digital dissemination. “Abrakadabra” is a word deriving from ancient languages that means: What I say becomes a reality. This is a magic word that describes how artists’ ideas become works of art. …


Exhibiting Artists:

Alicja Kwade, Anna Júlía Friðbjörnsdóttir, Anna Hallin, Anna Líndal, Auður Lóa Guðnadóttir, Baldur Geir Bragason, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Fritz Hendrik IV, Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, Heimir Björgúlfsson, Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, Hildur Bjarnadóttir, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir/Shoplifter, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Karin Sander, Katrín Elvarsdóttir, Katrín Sigurðardóttir, Kristján Steingrímur Jónsson, Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson, Logi Leó Gunnarsson, Magnús Helgason, Matthías Rúnar Sigurðsson, Margrét H. Blöndal, Melanie Ubaldo, Ólöf Nordal, Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir, Rúrí, Steingrímur Eyfjörð Kristmundsson, Unndór Egill Jónsson.


more: www English


          www Icelandic

Counter Cartographies: Living the Land

Counter Cartographies: Living the Land

Anchorage Museum


On view Oct. 8, 2021 — Sept. 25, 2022


Counter Cartographies: Living the Land presents contemporary artworks that examine our relationship to land, proposing alternative ways of thinking about and experiencing the landscape around us. Artists draw attention to the way culture, identity, emotion, ancestry, displacement, power and colonization shape and inform our understanding of land.


Curator: Francesca DuBrock


Among the exhibiting artists are: Joar Nango, Outi Pieski, Rúrí, Ingo Günther, Hans Ragnar Mathisen, Nikita Gale, Tanya Linklater, Camille Turner, Amalie Atkins, Christina Seely, Tania Willard


more on: Counter Cartographies: Living the Land


The Anchorage Museum is a founding member of the Northern Art Network, an association of museums and cultural institutions throughout the Circumpolar North.


Extra Tough: Women of the North


Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska
November 6, 2020 closing in September 2021


Rúrí will be represented in the exhibition with an installation.

Curator: Francesca Du Brock

Artists, mothers, scientists and makers included in this exhibition testify to the vital role that both Indigenous and newcomer women have held, and continue to hold, in Northern communities. Women’s voices and visions provide rich ground for imagining a future guided by principles of gender equity, sustainability and strength.

represented artists:


more on the: exhibition



(March 21st to September 21st 2020)
June 12th to October 4th 2020


Curators: Jean-Marie Gallais, Head of Programming Centre Pompidou-Metz,
and Marie- Charlotte Calafat, Head of the History Department Mucem


A work by Rúrí will be among the exhibited artworks.


From the introduction:   The exhibition opens on the fantasy of a search for origins, the appeal of an “exoticism of the interior”, or of supposed archaic throw-backs which guide Paul Gauguin, Paul Sérusier and les Nabis in Brittany at the end of the 19th century, Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter when they establish themselves in Bavaria or indeed Constantin Brâncuși, recalling the craft traditions of his native country. The paradoxes rapidly come to the surface from a domain frequently associated with nationalistic claims, or instrumentalised by a political discourse – tensions at the heart of the initiatives of artists such as Jimmie Durham, Valentin Carron, Melanie Manchot or Amy O’Neill.


see more: Folklore

New dates: due to Covid-19

Folklore in MUCEM


MUCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations), Marseille
October 21st 2020 to February 22nd 2021


The exhibition Folklore is planned to continue at Mucem after Centre Pompidou-Metz.

Curators: Jean-Marie Gallais, Head of Programming Centre Pompidou-Metz,
and Marie- Charlotte Calafat, Head of the History Department Mucem


Mucem: www


Fruits of Earth and Imagination



Safnasafnið / The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum

Svalbardseyri,  Akureyri, Iceland

June 6. to September 13th 2020


The exhibition draws predominantly on the Museum’s collection, with the objective of showcasing art works and objects by a large number of artists and makers, and their ideas, methods and choice of materials. Some of them were invited to submit works to the show. Certain pieces in the collection are of such a nature that they hardly belong on display, except within the context of a specific theme, as they do not stand on their own. But they deserve to be given an opportunity, as they may offer an unexpected element that serves to support some more spectacular piece.

The  exhibition comprices 110 artworks and objects by 88 artists. Among the exhibited works is a piece by Rúrí.


Curator: Níels Hafstein


Fyssa restarted 2020


The artwork Fyssa / Waterfall by Rúrí, is restarted each year as a part of the official celebration of the coming of summer, on the ‘First Day of Summer’.


This year the First Day of Summer is on April 23.
The work which was inaugurated in 1995 is owned by the Reykjavík City, and guarded by the Reykjavik Art Museum.

Due to Covid-19 quarantine, there were no public gatherings to celebrate the event.


see a video from the restarting 2020

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Postponed due to Covid-19



Following the exceptional measures announced by the French government, the Centre Pompidou-Metz will be closed from Saturday, March 14th until further notice.
Due to the government actions on Covid-19 Coronavirus, all events are cancelled and will be postponed later.

Some Favourites




Reykjavík Iceland

10. January – 23. February 2020


Featured artists: Douwe Jan Bakker, G.Erla –Guðrún Erla Geirsdóttir,
Mihael Milunović, Rúrí

Curator: Birkir Karlsson


more:  The Living Art Museum


image: from Desolation, 1987  by Rúrí



The Felleshus –  Cultural Centre
The Nordic Embassies, Berlin
18. OKT. 2019  to  30. JAN. 2020


The exibition on the 20th anniversary exhibition of the Nordic Embassies in Berlin questions our relationship with the sea and allows us to change our perspective: Ocean Dwellers.


The exhibition presents a selection of art installations and artistic laboratories from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden that bring together art, science and science fiction. They turn the Felleshus into a place of marine life and ask: What would it mean to adopt a marine worldview?


Artists: Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir (IS), Johannes Heldén (SE), Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta- Kalleinen (FIN), Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology (LABAE; DK), Andrew Merrie & Simon Stålenhag (Radical Ocean Futures; SE), Jacob Remin (DK), Kirstine Roepstorff (DK), Rúrí (IS), Elsa Salonen (FIN), Sissel Tolaas (NO), Jana Winderen (NO).


Curated by Solvej Helweg Ovesen (DK).


more:  Ocean Dwellers

‘Konst-tid’ / Art-Time


‘Konst-tid’ / Art-Time
Edsåsdalen, Sweden
IntraGalactic arts collective five years
2. – 4.  August 2019

IntraGalactic arts collective celebrates having  existed as a platform for dialogue and processes for 5 years with an art weekend in Edsåsdalen 2-4 August. We are starting off the weekend with a live press producing our Jubilee Pamphlet along the bespoke Rose Gin Cocktail designed by IntraGalactic arts collective. On Saturday the exhibition opens followed by a conversation on ‘What does performance do?’. On Sunday we close the weekend with an outdoor live performance series on the art trail moving through the varied mountainside landscape.

Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole, Ana Maria Almada de Alvarez, Suzanna Asp, Anna Asplind, Felipe Castelblanco, Tilda Dalunde, Ulrika Gomm, Emma Hammarén, Maria Högbacke, Eva Ísleifs, Katrín Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir, Daphné Keramidas, Rebecka Digby, Rami Khoury, Magnús Logi Kristinsson, Rikke Lundgreen, Rossana Mercado-Rojas, Ruben Montini, Alicja Rogalska, Rúrí, Helen Smith, Malin Ståhl, Robel Temesgen, Hiroko Tsuchimoto & Hans Christian van Nijkerk, Anita Wernström.

Lars Nittve with Magnús Logi Kristinsson, Rikke Lundgreen, Rossana Mercado-Roja, Malin Ståhl and Anita Wernström.

Rúrí – Studio Stafn



Studio Stafn

Reykjavik, Iceland

July – August 2019


Selected artworks by Rúrí are exhibited at Studio Stafn.

The oldest works date back to 1990, while others are as recent as 2019. The concept is ethical values or measurable-values, while others refer to nature-values. Some of these works are being premiered in Iceland on this occasion.


Studio Stafn, Háatúun 6B, 105 Reykjavik

NR3 Umhverfing / No 3 Around


The exhibition NR3 Umhverfing

Along the coasts of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Opening June 22. 2019

closing date August 31.


The exhibition Nr3 Umhverfing / No3 Around hosts artworks by seventy one artist, among these are Kjartan Ragnarsson, Erró, Dieter Roth, Björn Roth, Kristján Gudmundsson, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Rúrí and many more.

The project is curated by Anna Eyjólfs, Ragnhildur Stefánsdóttir and Thordis Alda Sigurdardóttir, it is organised by the Academy of Senses in collaboration with local authorities.


The exhibited works are to be found in public places, indoors and outdoors, in every village along the shores of the Snaefellsnes peninsula and occasionally in churches and in private farms as well.  At the information centre Breidablik on the south side of the peninsula is an exhibition of information by each individual artist. There one can find  an information pamphlet on the location of each artwork, as well as the catalogue of the exhibition.


The Umhverfing  project aims at exhibiting works of contemporary artists in alternative spaces in the countryside of Iceland. The exhibition NR3 Umhverfing is the third of a series of large exhibitions in Iceland. The project started in 2017,  with NR1 Umhverfing in Saudarkrokur in the north of Iceland and NR2 Umhverfing was held in Egilsstadir in the east of the country in 2018.


Murder Magazine launch party

Murder Magazine launch party
Gaga Los Angeles
2228 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Jun 18, 6 PM – 9 PM
Originally founded in Reykjavik it is now
made in Los Angeles and locally printed in a
limited edition of 100 copies.


Murder Magazine is carefully edited and cu-
rated and displays the works raw in the page, like an exhibition in print.
The event will be celebrating the launch
Issue no.3 BLOOD/HOME featuring
works by Nan Goldin, Silvia Gruner, Jen-
ny Holzer, Kara Walker, Ida Ekblad, Deana
Lawson, Forugh Farrokzhad, Maggie Nelson,
Warshan Shire, Eileen Myles among many
others,  i.e.  yours truly – Rúrí


more: From the Curate LA Event Guide


Isle of Art 


Isle of Art, book launch
May 28th
Nýlistasafnið/ The Living Art Museum, The Marshall house, Reykjvaik


A journey through
Iceland’s art scene
A compendium of visits around the island, this is the first book of its kind, featuring 256 pages mapping out Iceland’s artistic landscape by introducing its key artists, curators, framers, collectors and gallerists as well as art spaces, outdoor artworks and museums. Discover the capital’s buzzing art life as well as art projects in abandoned lighthouses, an artist colony in the island’s far-away east and what it means to live, work, and create on a remote island in the Atlantic Ocean.

Edited by Sarah Schug

ISBN: 978-94-6388081-7

About: Isle of Art

Offentlighedens rum (The Public Space)

Booklaunch of Offentlighedens rum (The Public Space), Dansk Arkitektur Center – DAC: Bryghuspladsen 10, 1473 Copenhagen,
6 June 2019, 16:30-18:30


Editors: Tora Frogner, Vincent F. Hendricks, Frederik Stjernfelt, and Joachim S. Wiewiura.

The book contains contributions from artists such as: Olafur Eliasson, Mamma Andersson, Tal R, Merethe Lindstrøm, Carl-Henning Wijkmark, SUPERFLEX feat. Toke Lykkeberg, Ragnar Kjartansson, Juhani Pallasmaa, Madame Nielsen, Frode Grytten, Sjón, Dorte Mandrup, Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold, Martin Bigum, Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Johan Dehlin, Dark Matters, Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Ólöf Nordal, Edith Lundebrekke, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Shwan Dler Qaradaki, Dominique Hauderowicz & Kristian Ly Serena, Meriç Algün and Rúrí.


Published by  Forlaget Møllegades Boghandel

ISBN 13:   9788797128701

More: The Book Launch

           About the book

Fyssa / Waterfall re-inaugurated


Fyssa, an outdoor work of art by Rúrí, will be restarted again after six years of silence, on the first day of summer 25th of April 2019 at 13:00. The mayor of Reykjavík, Dagur B. Eggertsson, will re-inaugurate the artwork. Brassband Lúðraflokkur lýðveldisins will play music and Artist Rúrí will talk about her work.

Everybody is welcome!

(Announcement from the Reykjavik Art Museum)

Outline / Útlína


Gerdarsafn – Kopavogur Art Museum, Iceland,

April 6. – June 2.


The exhibition Outline shows works from the collection of Gerðarsafn from 1950 until this day.  In the exhibition, the outline becomes the connection between works in different mediums.
A line flows between drawings, paintings and prints and the outline gains a life of it´s own in the form of sculptures and installations. The outline becomes all at once: the thread connecting the works, the boarder and the infinite.
The exhibition is part of +The Collection, where visitors are invited to look behind the scenes and learn about the inner workings of the museum. The works will be researched in full view and an archive will grow during the exhibition. Outline presents artworks along with hand-drawn instructions, photographs, interviews with artists and catalogues ofworks.


Anna Hallin | Barbara Árnason | Gerður Helgadóttir | Hólmfríður Árnadóttir| Hrafnkell Sigurðsson | Hreinn Friðfinnsson | Katrín Sigurðardóttir | Kristján Davíðsson | Rúrí | Theresa Himmer | Valgerður Briem

Brynja Sveinsdóttir & Hrafnhildur Gissurardóttir

Art For Arctic’s Sake


Art For Arctic’s Sake

Fordham University, Ildiko Butler Gallery

113West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

Nov. 7th 2018 – Jan. 15th 2019

Opening Reception November 7th 6-8 pm


represented artists:

Brian Adams, James Balog, Subhankhar Banerjee, Janet Biggs, Elaine Byrne, Bill Hess, Adam D.J. Laity, Rúrí, Jessica Segall, Carleen Sheehan, Peggy Weil.


Exhibition organized by students of Fordham University with Jo Anna Isaak, Carleen Sheehan and Katherina Fostano.


Online catalogue will be available at:

Faculty of Action


Färgfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden
October 19-21 2018


Faculty of Action is a unique exhibition experienceunder the auspices of the artist-driven initiative IntraGalactic arts collective, where eight performance artworks will be simultaneously in progress at Färgfabriken’s top floor.


The artists: Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole (SWE/UK), Jessie Kleemann (GR), Harold Offeh (UK), Katarina Pirak-Sikku (Sápmi), Florence Peake & Eve Stainton (UK), Rúrí (ICE), Malin Ståhl (SWE), Anita Wernström (SWE).


Seminar and discussions October 21st at 13-15.

more: Termining

more: Faculty of Action

Cosmogonies, au gré des éléments


MAMAC – Le musée d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain

Nice, France,

9 juin – 16 septembre 2018




Curators: Hélène Guenin, directrice du MAMAC, assistée de Rébecca François.


Artistes : Marina Abramovic, Dove Allouche, Giovanni Anselmo, Davide Balula, Hicham Berrada, Michel Blazy, Marinus Boezem, Boyle Family, John Cage, Charlotte Charbonnel, Judy Chicago, Emma Dajska, Edith Dekyndt, Agnes Denes, Quentin Derouet, Noël Dolla, Piero Gilardi, Andy Goldsworthy, Hans Haacke , Ilana Halperin, Peter Hutchinson, Yves Klein, Irene Kopelman, Tetsumi Kudo, Maria Laet , Barbara et Michael Leisgen, Anthony Mc Call , Susana Mejia, Ana Mendieta, Bernard Moninot, Teresa Murak, Maurizio Nannucci, Otobong Nkanga, Yoko Ono, Denis Oppenheim, Gina Pane, Giuseppe Penone, Evariste Richer, Charles Ross, Vivien Roubaud, Rúrí, Tomas Saraceno, Charles Simonds, Michelle Stuart, Thu-Van Tran, Nicolas Uriburu, Capucine Vandebrouck, Maarten Vanden Eynde.


more:  MAMAC

Blossoming | Iceland’s 100 Years as a Sovereign State


Blossoming | Iceland’s 100 Years as a Sovereign State
National Gallery of Iceland,
July 17. to December 16.  2018

An exhibition celebrating the centenary of Icelandic independence and sovereignty will open in July.  Among the exhibited artworks is a work by Rúrí: That Day …


Ýmissa kvikinda líki / Other Hats


The exhibition Ymissa kvikinda liki  / Other Hats

at the National Gallery of Iceland


12.5.2018 – 23.9.2018, Listasafn Íslands


Other Hats: Icelandic Printmaking was exhibited in the spring 2017 in  International Print Center, New York.


The exhibition features the work of prominent Icelandic artists Arnar Herbertsson, Birgir Andrésson, Eygló Harðardóttir, Georg Guðni Hauksson, Guðjón Ketilsson, Hallgrímur Helgason, Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, Hrafnkell Sigurðsson, Katrín Sigurðardóttir, Kristján Davíðsson, Megas (Magnús Þór Jónsson), Sara Riel, Rúna, Rúrí, Sigurður Árni Sigurðsson, Sigurður Guðmundsson, Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir, Þóra Sigurðardóttir, and Valgerður Guðlaugsdóttir. Also included are works by Dieter Roth, Per Kirkeby, and Roni Horn, artists who are connected to Iceland.


Co-curated by Ingibjörg Johannsdottir, a master printmaker and school headmaster, and Pari Stave,   a museum administrator and freelance curator in New York


Book-launch: Hverfing | Shapeshifting


Hverfing | Shapeshifting
Reykjavik Art Museum
May 3. 2018, at  17:00


The book Hverfing | Shapeshifting is a follow up on an exhibition of the same title, that was held at Verksmidjan at Hjalteyri, a remote village on the north of Iceland in 2017.

A Book Lunch of the new art book Hverfing | Shapeshifting was held in The Reykjavik Art Museum – Hafnarhus Thursday the 3. of May.

Published by the Academy of the Senses, editors Pari Stave and Rúrí, design Sigrun Sigvaldadottir / Hunang.

Featured artists: Anna Eyjólfsdóttir, Alex Czetwertynski, Deborah Butterfield, Emma Ulen-Klees, Gústav Geir Bollason, Hunter Buck, Jessica Stockholder, John Buck, Kristín Reynisdóttir, Mary Ellen Croteau, Pétur Thomsen, Ragnhildur Stefánsdóttir, Rúrí and  Þórdís Alda Sigurðardóttir.

The book can be ordered from the Reykjavik Art Museum.
They will ship internationally:


Academy of the Senses:

No Man‘s Land: Where Beauty Reigns Alone?


Reykjavik Art Museum – Hafnarhús
02.06.2018− 30.09.2018

Artists have, with their art, greatly influenced man´s connection to his environment. This exhibition focuses on the values of Icelanders in relation to nature and the connection to country’s wilderness.

The exhibition is a part of Reykjavík Art Festival 2018.

This extensive exhibition contains work by artists who have been influential in Icelandic art history from the beginning of the 20th century to the present time.
Among the artworks presented are works by; Þórarinn B. Þorláksson, Ásgrímur Jónsson, Jóhannes S. Kjarval, Jón Stefánsson, Kristín Jónsdóttir, Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttir, Anna Líndal, Ólafur Elíasson, Einar Falur Ingólfsson, Rúrí, Georg Guðni, Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Sigurður Guðjónsson


AWARE: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions


Late January 2018 AWARE honoured the work of Rúrí by publishing an article on their website …


Icelandic multimedia visual artist.

Rúrí has explored almost all of the artistic mediums: painting, sculpture, writing, photography, film, multimedia installations and performance art. After studying at the Reykjavík School of Fine Arts and the Vrije Academie in The Hague, she began a career underpinned by a critical approach to society with her performance Golden Car (1974), in which Iceland discovered a frail young woman destroying a golden Mercedes with a sledgehammer. This symbolic aspect of her activism  …

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Women artists are under-represented, if not completely absent, in art books, exhibitions and museum collections.

AWARE: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions is a non-profit organisation, co-founded in 2014 by Camille Morineau, art historian and specialist in the history of women artists. Its goal is the creation, indexation and distribution of information on women artists of the 20th century, backed by 4 programmes:

Who are They?
AWARE’s website is an online resource available to everyone. It is complemented by a documentation centre in Paris – the AWARE (Lab).


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Rúrí on AWERE:



DIFFUSES SELBST Dieter Roth und andere Gescheiterte

LOFT   Raum für Kunst & Gegenwart 
Ansbach, Germany

December 2. 2017 to February 18.  2018


Opening: Friday  December 1st, 17:00 – 20:00.

A special exhibition with artworks from two private collect-ions on the occasion of the 5-year existence of the LOFT


With works by: Al Hansen Dick Higgins, Dieter Roth, Hermann Nitsch, Horace Clifford Westermann, Jörg Immendorf, Jón Laxdal, Jón Sæmundur Auðarson, Marcia Herscovitz, Nancy Reitkopf, Ómar Stefánsson, Tobias Regensburger, Rúrí, Wolf Vostell and more …


more: LOFT Raum für Kunst & Gegenwart


Sagas on Thin Ice


Sagas on Thin Ice

The Bakehouse Arts Complex , Miami, US

On-View: November 18th to January 21st 2018


Curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff/Audrey Love Gallery

Featuring:  Rúrí, Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttir, Kjánska Collective, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson, Anna Líndal.

The six artists/collective in this exhibition have taken upon themselves to comment, highlight and often take an activist stand against those who threaten these stunning yet fragile ecosystems, and document how climate change, often fueled by human actions driven by economic interests, is impacting the natural environment, at home and abroad, with potentially disastrous and irreversible consequences.

see: Bakehouse Arts Complex 


Universidad de Alicante


La artista islandesa Rúri protagoniza el taller

“Cities Recycled” en la Universidad de Alicante

Alicante. Monday, 6 November 2017.

The workshop organised by the Delegation of Students of the Upper Polytechnical School of the UA tackles the consequences for the human habitats of the global warming and the architectural alternatives

The Icelandic artist Rúrí is the protagonist of the workshop that have organised along this week from the Delegation of Students of the Escuela Politécnica de la Universidad de Alicante under the title of ‘Cities Recycled’. The project centres in the global warming and its affectation and consequences for the human habitats.


The students treated to resolve the problems to which will have to face up the humanity like consequence of the elevation of the level of the oceans and the need to move whole cities to locations between 30 and 70 higher metres.

The workshop, that has begun this Monday and will lengthen until next Friday, will divide to the students in small groups that worked each one of the main appearances of the project which will force them to think in the resources hídricos that will see affected by the rise of the level of the sea; the feeding; the energy, avoiding the nuclear and the based in the coal; design of ecological structures of the constructions; the materials of construction and also the means of transport.

The workshop will finalise the Friday with the conference of the Icelandic artist Rúri from the 16.30 hours in the living room of acts of the building of the Polytechnical I.


see: Universidad di Alicante

Since Then


Since Then


Kamloops, BC, Canada
September 23 to December 30, 2017

Central Gallery


Rebecca Belmore – Dana Claxton – Leah Decter – Demian Dinéyazhi’- Mark Emerak – Cliff Eyland – Félix González-Torres – Helga Jakobson – Janet Kigusiuq – Cheryl L’Hirondelle – Kent Monkman – Peter Morin – Lisa Myers – Garry Neill Kennedy – Jude Norris – Rúrí – Derek Sullivan – Justin Sorensen – Ione Thorkelsson – Rachael Thorleifson – Chih-Chien Wang – Christopher Wool


Curated by Kegan McFadden


Postulating what the future might hold, this exhibition looks to histories of survival as a starting point for a conversation about the possibilities of endurance, cross-cultural exchange and legacy. By looking at artwork that depicts survival, that alludes to hybridity and transformation, and that carries with it the physical markers of distress as part of their conceptual make-up, Since Then challenges preconceived notions of what it is to endure from both a historical and a contemporary point of view.


Rúrí / Balance – Unbalanced, solo exhibition


Balance – Unbalanced
Akureyri Art Museum, Ketilhús, Akureyri Iceland

September 9ᵗʰ – November 12ᵗʰ


For the past decade Rúrí (born 1951) has collected scales from different times and of different shapes and origins.


more: Akureyri Art Museum

A! Performance Festival


A! Performance Festival
Akureyri Art Museum, Ketilhús and other locations
in and around Akureyri
August 31st.  –  September 3rd. 2017


A! Is a four-day performance festival, now held for the third time. The festival is a collaboration between Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri Culture Society, Akureyri Theatre, LÓKAL international theatre festival, Reykjavík Dance Festival, Listhús in Ólafsfjörður and Icelandic Art Center.


Rúrí will show a new performance that she has composed for the festival on September 2nd. in Akureyri Art Museum – Ketilhus.


A! Performance Festival

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Hverfing / Shapeshifting – installations


Hverfing/ Shape Shifting. Verksmidjan Hjalteyri, Iceland,
August 3rd. – September 3rd.  2017

NB.  The exhibition has been extended to the 10th of September


A group exhibition of site-specific installations by leading contemporary artists from Iceland and the United States, who address concepts of transformation in space, form, and identity. In Icelandic, the word umhverfing encompasses complex meanings of physical surroundings, as well as movement and mutation, as in whirling, inversion, and disappearance. The term shapeshifting denotes the concept of metamorphosis, which has mythopoetic roots dating back to ancient times and across many cultures. The works in the exhibition will address these ideas as they relate to the present moment in which we find ourselves, a time of shifting global values and the crisis of climate change.


The artists;  Anna Eyjólfsdóttir, Alex Czetwertynski, Deborah Butterfield, Emma Ulen-Klees, Gústav Geir Bollason, Hunter Buck, Jessica Stockholder, John Buck, Kristín Reynisdóttir, Mary Ellen Croteau, Pétur Thomsen, Ragnhildur Stefánsdóttir, Rúrí and  Þórdís Alda Sigurðardóttir.


Curator Pari Stave, a museum administrator and freelance curator NY.

Installations:  of Rúrí

The Factory

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Nr.1 Umhverfing


Nr.1  Umhverfing

Art exhibition at Sauðárkrókur, Iceland

July 1st. to September 10th. 2017


The venue is in two institutions; Heilbrigðisstofnun Norðurlands vestra /the Health Centre  and  Safnahúsið / the  Culture Museum at Saudarkrokur, in Skagafjordur.

This group exhibition aims to bring contemporary art to alternative places in Iceland.


curator is: Anna Eyjólfs

represented artists:  Anna María Sigurjónsdóttir – Auður Aðalsteinsdóttir  – Finna Birna Steinsson –  Guðbrandur Ægir Ásbjörnsson – Jóhannes Atli Hinriksson – Kristín Reynisdóttir – Ragnheiður Ragnarsdóttir – Ragnhildur Stefánsdóttir – Rúrí – Sólveig Baldursdóttir – Valgerður Bergsdóttir – Þórdís Alda Sigurðardóttir – Anna Eyjólfs


The catalogue for the exhibition is available at the Safnahús in Sauðárkrókur.


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Other Hats: Icelandic Printmaking, New York


Other Hats: Icelandic Printmaking. International Print Center, New York
opening in April 13 – June 14 2017.


Other Hats: Printmaking in Iceland, the first exhibition in New York of prints by Icelandic artists. The exhibition features the work of prominent Icelandic artists Arnar Herbertsson, Birgir Andrésson, Eygló Harðardóttir, Georg Guðni Hauksson, Guðjón Ketilsson, Hallgrímur Helgason, Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, Hrafnkell Sigurðsson, Katrín Sigurðardóttir, Kristján Davíðsson, Megas (Magnús Þór Jónsson), Sara Riel, Rúna, Rúrí, Sigurður Árni Sigurðsson, Sigurður Guðmundsson, Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir, Þóra Sigurðardóttir, and Valgerður Guðlaugsdóttir. Also included are works by Dieter Roth, Per Kirkeby, and Roni Horn, artists who are connected to Iceland.


Co-curated by Ingibjörg Johannsdóttir, a master printmaker and school headmaster, and Pari Stave, a museum administrator and freelance curator.

more: IPCNY


Photo: Dieter Roth, Hat. 1965-1966, Screenprint over photomechanical …

The book Fragile Systems – Rúrí


A catalogue on the exhibition Rúrí – Fragile Systems.


We are happy to announce that the new book is out:
Rúrí. Fragile Systems, ed. by Christian Schoen, published by North Atlantic House, graphic design by Atli Hilmarsson, Copenhagen 2016


ISBN 978-87-93411-03-6

Rúrí – Fragile Systems, Copenhagen


Rúrí – Fragile Systems

at Nordatlantens Brygge


October 29th 2016 to February 5th 2017


A solo exhibition of two new installations that the artist has developed specially for the spaces of the culture center Nordatlantens Brygge in Copenhagen.


More: Nordatlantens Brygge

Water Event – Yoko Ono at Hafnarhús


Water Event at the exhibition  Yoko Ono:  One More Story.

at Reykjavík Art Museum – Hafnarhus in Iceland

07.10.2016 til 05.02.2017


Several artists were asked to contribute to the Water Event a part of her exhibition.

The work Fount is the contribution of Rúrí.



photo; Guðrún Erla Geirsdóttir

Solo Exhibition Time -Telling closing soon


Time – Telling,  solo exhibition at LÁ Art Museum (Listasafn Árnesinga) in Hveragerdi is coming to an end.

The last day is Monday August 1st.

Open daily from 12:00 to 18:00.



Interview on RUV 


Artist Talk at LÁ Art Museum


Rúrí will give an Artist talk at the exhibition Time – Telling

in LÁ Art Museum in Hveragerdi,

Sunday July 17th at 15:00


Artist Talk

Time – Telling



Amos Anderson Art Museum


The exhibition By Water

Amos Anderson Art Museum

Helsinki, Finland

opening June 3rd.


The exhibitin By Water showcases Icelandic contemporary artists’ view of water in everyday life and in art, and will be shown at multiple venues in Helsinki and Tammisaari. By Water features emerging as well as well-established artists working on a common theme across a variety of media.

Among the featured artworks is a multi channel video installation by Rúrí


Amos Anderson Art Museum

Installation by Rúrí: Flooding – Nature Lost

Since Then – Núna (Now)


The Icelandic Canada Art Convergence, Núna (Now), will mark its tenth year of activity with a monumental project opening on 10. June 2016, at various venues in the exchange district.

In conjunction with this celebration, Platform centre for photographic + digital arts and núna (now) are pleased to announce the exhibition Since Then, a multi-venue group show organized by curator Kegan McFadden (MB).


Over four venues PLATFORM, Urban Shaman, Actual and Window; the twenty-two exhibiting artists will include: Aisa Amittu, Garry Neill Kennedy, Janet Kigusiuq, Kent Monkman, Peter Morin, Derek Sullivan, Ione Thorkelsson, Rachael Thorleifson, Rebecca Belmore, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Cliff Eyland, Meryl McMaster, Chih-Chien Wang, Dana Claxton, Leah Decter, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Mark Emerak, Demian DinéYazhi’, Rúrí, Jude Norris, Justin Sorensen and Helga Jakobson. Window will be co-curated by Synonym Art Consultation.


Please join us at the opening reception Friday 10 June 2016 at 7 PM at Platform. An panel discussion is scheduled for 11 June at 2 PM. All events are free and open to the public.

Exhibition | 10 June – 23 July 2016

Opening Reception | Friday 10 June | 5 PM

Panel Discussion | Saturday 11 June | 2 PM

Curatorial Tour | Saturday 16 July | 2 PM beginning at Urban Shaman


more: nunanow

Festival Program

          Since Then

Time – Telling


The solo exhibition Time – Telling

is opening in LÁ ART MUSEUM

Hveragerdi, Iceland

May 14th. 2016

closing August 1st.


more:  LÁ Art Museum

           Time – Telling

Art Center Hugo Voeten



Art Center Hugo Voeten

Herentals, Belgium
on view 06.03.2016 – 30.04.2016


Water is a meaningful natural element, charged with symbolical value, that decidedly plays a part in cultural, social and political questions. It occurs in all aspects of life and has a paradoxical character. Water as a flux is a symbol of something flowing, turbulent and variable. Still water embodies calm, contemplation, stability. Next to the vital function, is water used in rituals and in function of belief, as something meditative, spiritual, with a purifying meaning.


Temporary presentation of a selection of artworks from the Hugo Voeten Collection with ‘water’ as theme.


featured artists:  Thierry de Cordier – Fabrizio Plessi – Oana Fracas – Louise Bourgeois – Christo & Jeanne-Claude – Rúrí – Simeon Stoilov – Kiril Yanev, and more


more  information  Art Center Hugo Voeten

                              Insight 3 #   Water Works




exhibition at Núllið,

Bankastræti 0, 101 Reykjavík

Opening March 10th. at 17:00


Dulkápan unveils their website, and will throw a party to celebrate the publication of their zine. Various works of literature and art, by a number of artists, will also be on display at Núllid (Zero). Dulkápan is an archive that records literature, documents and publications by artists and designers. Over the past few months, Dulkápan has accumulated a variety of pieces for display on their website, which will now finally see the light of day, accompanied by all manner of celebratory brouhaha.  Among the exhibited works are several artist’s books by Rúrí.


see more: Dulkapan
see:          Items XII  by Rúrí

                 Artis’s Books by Rúrí

Quest for Identity


Workshop Master Students Architecture,

University Alicante, Spain

january 16th – 19th 2016


Hoy jueves 18, finaliza el workshop que la artista islandesa Rúrí ha impartido en el ámbito del Máster de Arquitectura de la UA.
Esta breve estancia en nuestra titulación finalizará con la conferencia que la artista impartirá el viernes 19 en el Salón de Actos de la EPS1. En esta conferencia Rúrí hará un repaso de sus últimos trabajos.

Master Classes


Master Classes,

Centro Parraga, Murcia, Spain,

February 17th 2016



La islandesa Rúrí imparte una clase magistral en el Cendeac

L. O. El Centro de Documentación y Estudios Avanzados de Arte Contemporáneo de Murcia (Cendeac), recibe este miércoles a la artista islandesa Rúrí, quien ofrecerá una clase magistral sobre su trabajo en la que abordará las diferentes motivaciones de una persona para expresarse artísticamente o sobre si el arte puede o no arrojar luz sobre el futuro, entre otras cuestiones. Este encuentro, titulado Observaciones futuras, se celebrará en la biblioteca del Cendeac a partir de las siete de la tarde. La conferencia se impartirá en inglés, sin traducción.

Lecturing – Photography


The School of Photography – Iceland

Workshop: Creation  –  Idea developing

11th – 22nd of January 2016

LARMAGAZINE conversation with Rúrí






The Mexican magazine features in its Winter Special the artists Elias Björn, Sabine Kacunko, Grazia Toderi, Catherine Bagnall, and Rúrí.  Also featured is a conversation with Rúrí by María Fernanda Barrero,

Contributors are: María Fernanda Barrero, Emireth Herrera and Martin Patrick. Editorial by Catalina Restrepo Leongómez.

see:  Conversation with Rúrí


         LARMAGAZINE  .021

Reykjavik Arts Festival 2015


Lindur / Faunt,   Vocal II

A new multi media performance by Rúrí

premiered at the Reykjavík Arts Festival in mid May


The performance is commissioned by the Reykjavik Arts Festival 2015. The Icelandic Sound Poetry Choir participates in the performing of the work together with the artist.

more coming soon on: Reykjavik Arts Festival

Primary Force – Iceland in Water and Colour

The Nordic Watercolour Museum

17.56.9 2015


This summer’s exhibition takes us to a volcanic island, situated where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Greenland Sea. Iceland’s barren landscape, its volcanoes, waterfalls, winds and cold never cease to fascinate. Nature’s elemental force creates harsh conditions for Iceland’s inhabitants. Their relationship with nature is characterised by both love and respect: qualities that have always coloured Icelandic culture.

The exhibition is a comprehensive presentation of Icelandic art. The emphasis is on contemporary art, but includes traces leading us back to its historical roots.


Participating artists:
Ásgrímur Jónsson, Björk, Eggert Pétursson, Erró, Gabríela Friðriksdóttir, Georg Guðni, Gunnlaugur Scheving, Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, Jóhannes S. Kjarval, Ólafur Elíasson, Rúrí , Sigga Björg Sigurðardóttir, Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir, Svavar Guðnason.


more:  Nordiska Akvarell Museet


Installation by Rúrí: Water Vocal – Endangered III



Points of View – A principal exhibition of Icelandic visual arts and cultural heritage.


The Culture House

Reykjavík, Iceland

March 28th 2015


A principal exhibition of Icelandic visual arts and cultural heritage. The exhibition is organized by Iceland’s three principal museums, the National Museum, the National Gallery and the Museum of Natural History as well by the National Archives, the National and University Library and the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies. The cooperation of these six institutes offers a unique opportunity to view our heritage in a new context and to shed light on an untold history in an innovative way.

Among the exhibited works is “Seven Metres” by Rúrí.


Curated by Markús Thor Andrésson.


The Culture House

Ákall / Challenge


Ákall / Challenge


January 24th  –  April 23rd. 2015


A group exhibition curated by Ásthildur Jónsdóttir opens in LÁ Art Museum / Listasafn Árnesinga, in Hveragerdi, Iceland.


more: LÁ Art Museum

Upheaval at LÁ Art Museum


Upheaval – Icelandic Art around and after 1970


September 27th – December 14th 2014


The exhibition is a cooperation between the National Gallery of Iceland and LÁ art Museum in Hveragerdi.

Among the 50 featured artists are Erró, Dieter Roth, Rúrí, Hildur Hákonardóttir

Katonah Museum of Art


Iceland: Artists Respond to Space
Katonah Museum of Art
Katonah, NY, US

June 29th to September 28th 2014


featured artists:  Birgir Andrésson,Eggert Pétursson, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Einar Falur Ingólfsson, Georg Guðni Hauksson, Guðjón Ketilsson, Guðrún Einarsdóttir, Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Olafur Eliasson, Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Rúrí, and Þórdís Alda Sigurðardóttir. The exhibition is curated by Pari Stave.

This will be the first museum exhibition in the United State to focus exclusively on the rich and complex relationship of contemporary Icelandic artists to the singular geography of Iceland—one of the most geologically phenomenal and dynamic places on earth. (KMA originated exhibition).


Katonah Museum of Art

…Burning Bright Tiger, tiger


… Burning Bright,  Tiger, tiger

June 5 – July 31, 2014


A Group Exhibit  at STUX Gallery, New York

24 West 57th Street  #609,  New York, NY 10019


featured artists:

Wei Dong – Sokari Douglas Camp – Margaret Evangeline – Heide Hatry – Akikazu Iwamoto – Anna Jóelsdóttir – Aaron Johnson – Yves Klein – Dana Melamed -Kosyo Minchev – Shimon Okshteyn – Rúrí – Kathy Ruttenberg – Lydia Venieri – Barnaby Whitfield – Michael Zansky –


more: Stux Gallery

Art & Ecology Now, Thames & Hudson

The book Art & Ecology Now edited by Andrew Brown and published by Thames & Hudson is soon to be released. The cover image is from the one of the waterfalls in the artwork “Archive – Endangered Waters (2003)” which is also featured in the book.


This accessible and thought-provoking book is the first in-depth exploration of the ways in which contemporary artists are confronting nature, the environment, climate change and ecology

ISBN 9780500239162
First published 2014


more:   Thames & Hudson

Rolling Snowball /5, Djúpivogur


Rolling Snowball /5, Djúpivogur

July 12 till August 15, 2014
Opening Saturday July 12, 2014 3-5 pm


Rolling Snowball /5, Djúpivogur presents works of thirty-three visual artists from China and Europe who nearly all exhibited for or worked as artists in residence at CEAC in China. The exhibition consists of photographs, paintings, sculptures, video and drawings. An exhibition catalogue will be available.


Curators; Ineke Gudmundsson, May Lee, Annelie Musters

Featured artists; Árni Guðmundsson, Cathelijn van Goor, Chantal Spit, Erró, Hanne Tyrmi, Hrafnkell Sigurðsson, Jaring Lokhorst, Jia Zhixing, Jing Jin, Katrin Korfmann, Kristján Guðmundsson, Lotte Geeven, Marjan Laaper, Marianne Lammersen, Meiya Lin, Paul Kooiker, Pan Feifei, Peng WanlingPieter Holstein, Qin Jian, Ragnar Kjartansson, Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Renate Wernli, Rúrí, Sara Riel, Sigurður Guðmundsson, Sylvie Zijlmans, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Teresa Eng, Þór Vigfússon, Wei Na, Xu Huijing, Zhong Zheming


Location:   Bræðslan, Vikurland 6, 765 Djúpivogur, Iceland
Opening hours:   every day from 11 till 16 hours


more:   CEAC

Art On Armitage Not Quite Lysistrata

Art Athina International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens

Platform Projects

Faliro Pavilion Athens, Greece

May 15th – 18th 2014


Art On Armitage  will be presented at the Art Athina Platform Projects with the project “Not Quite Lysistrata”. This is the first time that Art On Armitage and the artists are presented in Greece.

Featured Artists: Rose Camastro-Pritchett (US) – Mary Ellen Croteau(US) – Anna Eyjólfsdóttir (IS) – Beth LeFauve(US) – Rúrí (IS) – Þórdís Alda Sigurðardóttir (IS)

Munich Film Museum – World Premiere

Screened at Munich Film Museum
April 24th 2014


Powerwalk – the Film, by Thomas Huber and Wolfgang Aichner  which was filmed in the glacial higlands of Iceland will be world premiered.

María Rún Jóhannsdóttir was an important crew member in Iceland.


Two video works by Rúrí will be screened; Rainbow I (1983) and Flooding – Nature Lost II (2014) which will be the world premiere.

“EZY1899: Reenactment for a Future Scenario“, 2012,  by Simon Faithfull

and  “passage2011“, 2012, by GÆG


more:  Munich Film Museum

Stefan Stux Gallery


O Wind, if Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
Stefan Stux Gallery
New York, US

February 6th  –  March 8th  2014


A group exhibition, featured artists;

Sokari Douglas Camp – Josef Fischnaller – Heide Hatry – Valerie Jaudon – Aaron Johnson – Dana Melamed – Dennis Oppenheim – Hamid Rahmanian – Rúrí – 
Kathy Ruttenberg – Kinki Texas – Barnaby Whitfield


more:  Press Release 

 Stefan Stux Gallery

Due North


The Icebox Space – Crane Arts, in Philadelphia
January 9th – 25th 2014

Due North is an international collaboration envisioned by artist Marianne Bernstein. In January 2014, the Icebox Space in Philadelphia will be transformed into a winterscape featuring video and prints created by select artists from Philadelphia and Reykjavik. 


more:     Due North 2014

review:  artcritical

               Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer 



Embracing Impermanence


We came into this with a shovel in our hands
The Living Art Museum
21.09.13. – 01.12.13


Curated by Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir & Eva Ísleifsdóttir
The first round of the exhibition includes work by Ásta Ólafsdóttir, Geoffrey Hendricks, Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir & Maja Bekan, Halldór Ásgeirsson, Haraldur Jónsson, Ívar Valgarðsson, Joseph Beuys, Kristján Guðmundsson, Níels Hafstein, Ólafur Lárusson, Rúna Þorkelsdóttir, Rúrí, Sigurður Guðmundsson, Sindri Leifsson, Unndór Egill Jónsson and Una Margrét Árnadóttir

more: nylo



Careof DOCVA hosts the collective exhibition SOCIAL VIDEOSCAPES FROM THE NORTH focused on the nordic video production.
September 18. to October 26. 2013

The exhibition is part of the inquiry, started by Careof early in 2013, on languages, poetics and protagonists of the video in the international arena.

Social Videoscapes from the North, curated by Lorella Scacco, presents in Milan the video production of five famous artists: Maria Friberg (Sweden), Siri Hermansen (Norway), Eva Koch (Denmark), Rúrí (Iceland), Mika Taanila (Finland).
The artworks are framed in a single project on one of the defining themes of the video production of the Nordic Countries: the attention to the social landscape.
Starting from the relationship between man and society, each artist declines the theme according to his poetry, while maintaining the common denominator of a documentary approach to the narrative.

Reflections-Moss premiere


Reflections – Moss, the second part of the video tetralogy Reflections  was premiered on the 13th of June 2013.
The work is located on a video-wall  in the reception hall of Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura.


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Pathway – Dialogues on Northern Issues


Oulu Art Museum

Pathway – Dialogues on Northern Issues

June 15th to September 9th 2013


Pathway  is an international exhibition of contemporary art, with 11 contemporary artists invited from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Iceland and Greenland. The theme of the exhibitionis life in the North, the diversity of nature, and the changes taking place in the northern regions. Pathway links together discussions about art and about society. The exhibitionhas been produced by Rovaniemi Art Museum, and the curators are Riitta Kuusikko and Patrick Huse.


more: Oulu Art Museum

Social Videoscapes from the North


Social Videoscapes from the North
Pro Artibus Foundation / Elverket, Finland

May 24th. – September 8th. 2013

Nordic video art.

Presented artists: Rúrí, Mika Taanila, Eva Koch, Siri Hermansen, Maria Friberg.

Curator: Lorella Scacco

The  video-work  ITEMS  was originally made in 1980 as a 16 mm film.


Pro Artibus Foundation

Reflections – Tetralogi


In mid June the second part of the tetralogy video-work Reflections will be inaugurated at the Hotel Reykjavik Natura.

The first part of the tetralogy, which evolves around water, was inaugurated in the summer 2011. In the artwork the artist reflects on her experience of nature.



Rúrí: Fragile Systeme, LOFT, Ansbach


Rúrí: Fragile Systeme,  solo exhibition at LOFT, Ansbach, and a video-performance at the Ansbacher Kammerspiele, Germany
16.3.-19.5. 2013

The exhibition has been extended to the 9th of June.


Before the opening of the exhibition,  the artist will give an artist talk, followed by a video-performance  as a part of the Ansbacher Kammerspiele. Rúrí: Vocal-VI Minor starting at 19.30 March 16th.

Friday  12.4., 19.30 LOFT

Rúrí: Fragile Systeme  –  Screening of the video works ITEMS (1980/2006), Elegy (1999/2006) and a documentary film of her most famous artwork, which became a sensation at the Venice Biennale 2003, Archive-Endangered Waters.


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Future Cartography, Rovaniemi Art Museum


The installation Future Cartography will be shown at the exhibition Pathway – a Dialogue on Northern Issues in Rovaniemi Art Museum / Korundi House of Culture, in Rovaniemi, Finland.

Exhibition dates; February 23rd to May 26th 2013

Curated by Patrick Huse and  Riitta Kuusikko

Rovaniemi Art Museum: Pathway

Archive – Endangered Waters in the Kennedy Center


The multimedia installation Archive – Endangered Waters will be exhibited for the first time in the United States, at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.  The exhibition of the artwork is a part of the festival Nordic Cool 2013, and will be open from February 20 to the 17th of March 2013


more on:

Nordic Cool – Kennedy Center





Rúri: Aqua – Silence
Videoinstallation on LED-Screens

October 30th 2012 to January 6th  2013
Osram GmbH, Hellabrunner Strasse 1, 81543 Munich


Wasser in seinen verschiedenen Erscheinungsformen steht im Zentrum von Rúrís Videoinstallation auf den Osram SEVEN SCREENS in München. Aqua – Silence ist eine feinfühlige Video-Choreographie der isländischen Künstlerin Rúrí, die 2009 für die Lichtstelen am Mittleren Ring entstanden ist.

Seit 2009 wechseln sich Neubespielungen mit Werken aus der Sammlung ab. Nun, rechtzeitig zum Winteranfang, freut sich Osram Rúrí’s eindrucksvolle Inszenierung von Wasser, Eis und Schnee erneut zu präsentieren.

Die überwältigenden Bilder von Wellen im Ozean, Wasserfällen und Gletschern entstammen der isländischen Natur. Sie tragen die spirituelle Bedeutung des Wassers, seine die Kulturen übergreifende Verknüpfung mit dem Leben und der Vorstellung von Unendlichkeit, mit seinen gewaltigen Kräften in sich.

Mit Aqua – Silence hat Rúrí eine komplexe Videoarbeit geschaffen, die das öffentliche Bewusstsein auf das Thema Wasser lenkt. Rúrís Gesamtwerk kann als Seismograph der gesellschaftlichen Befindlichkeit gesehen werden. Das Wissen um das elementare Verhältnis zwischen Natur und Menschen bildet die Wurzel ihrer Kunst. Rúrí bezeichnet sich selbst nicht als politische Künstlerin, doch sind gesellschaftliche und ökologische Themen Grundlage ihrer Arbeiten, und es sind immer ethische Werte, die den Kern ihrer Arbeit bilden.

photo: Silvio Knesevic

photo: Silvio Knesevic

Ars Electronica Festival – 2012


New Concepts for a New World
Ars Electronica 2012
Festival for Art, Technology and Society

Linz, Austria
Thursday, August 30 to Monday, September 3, 2012

The video performance Vocal – VI will be shown, in the Deep Space, three times during the festival


Photos: Photos Ars Electronica, Vocal VI
photo credit: rubra

more on:  Ars Electronica website




LOFT – Raum fur Kunst & Gegenvart
D-91522 Ansbach

27.7. - 30.9.2012


Presented artists Anouk De Clercq (BE), Alexis Dworsky (DE), Arne Rautenberg (DE), Bjørn Melhus (DE), Caroline von Grone (DE), Fides Becker (DE), Empfangshalle (DE), Frank Sauer (DE), Haraldur Jónsson (IS), Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson (IS), Julia Kissina (DE), Kalle & Augusta Laar (DE), Katja Eckert (DE), Lizza May David (DE), M+M (DE), Matthias Schwab (DE), Nikole Schuck (DE), Peter Riss (DE), Peter Senoner (DE), Rúrí (IS), Sigga Björg Sigurðardóttir (IS), Thomas Huber (DE), Thomas Thiede (DE), Tobias Regensburger (DE), Wolfgang Aichner (DE)

In cooperation with  Ansbacher Kaspar-Hauser Festival 2012. Christian Schoen and Monika Tress

More: Loft www

Climate – Change – Minds


Climate – Change – Minds

Travelling exhibition

July 16th to August 16th 2012

German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, Germany


Climate – Change – Minds , a travelling group exhibition. Eight artists from Europe, Latin Amerika and Afrika have made works that touch the subject of  Climate change. Mathias Braschler und Monika Fischer (CH), Simon Faithfull (UK), René Francisco (CU), Wolfgang Aichner und Thomas Huber (DE), Kalle Laar (DE), Misheck Masamvu (ZW), Rúrí (IS), Res Ingold (CH) und Stephan Andreae (DE).


German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, Germany July 16th to August 16th 2012


Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany;  May 22nd  2012

German  Press Release

Future Cartography


Future Cartography
ASI Art Museum, May 19th to July 1st  2012


Future Cartography is an installation that is created for the large space at ASI Art Museum, and consists of several large scale drawings.


ASI Art Museum



National Gallery of Iceland
19.5. – 31.12. 2012

The installation, Archive – Endangered Waters, 2003, has been on display at the National Gallery since early March 2012, as a part of Rúrí’s retrospective.  Now, 2012 – during the European year dedicated to water – the installations continues on display together with some other works of the artist that evolve around water, works that put forward pressing questions on the theme.


Due to busy exhibition schedule of the installation Archive – Endangered Waters, the closing date will be brought forward to November 24th.

National Gallery of Iceland

Amos Anderson Art Museum


Amos Anderson Art Museum
23 May, 5 pm

Artist talk – Book presentation – Video-performance

Christian Schoen, the editor of the comprehensive monograph and curator of the retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Iceland, will introduce Rúrí‘s work and moderate the artist talk.

Future Cartography


ASI Art Museum, May 19th to July 1st  2012
Future Cartography
The exhibition is one of the Independent Projects of (I)ndependent People – Collaborations and Artist Initiatives
Reykjavik Arts Festival 2012

ASÍ Art Museum
(I)ndependent People; curator Jonatan Habib Engqvist, project manager Kristín Scheving
Future Cartography is made in cooperation with Gunnlaugur M. Einarsson, geographer.


ASI Art Museum 

Festival Air d’Islande 2012


During the Festival Air d’Islande 2012 , in Paris, Laufey Helgadóttir, Appart_323, will host a presentation of some selected works by Rúrí.

The monograph Rúrí will be introduced  at the same occasion. The authors of the book are Laufey Helgadóttir, Dorothea van der Koelen, Halldór Björn Runólfsson, Christian Schoen and Gunnar J. Árnason, edited by Christian Schoen.

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April 16th. to 21st.  by appointment only.

For booking a visit contact Laufey Helgadottir by e-mail: , or telephone: 06 10 80 70 84



Rúrí will be performing Vocal VI Minor  at the National Gallery of Iceland Thursday 29. March at 17:00. More

National Gallery the Panora lecture program: Jonatan Habib Engqvist and Rúrí


Welcome to a presentation by Jonatan Habib Engqvist and Rúrí, at National Gallery of Iceland, Saturday 24. of March at 13.00

Jonatan Habib Engqvist is appointed curator of the Reykjavík Arts Festival which opens in May 2012. He is currently on sabbatical leave from his position at the Swedish Arts Grants Committee´s International Exchange Programme for Visual Art, Iaspis. With a background in philosophy, architectural and aesthetic theory, he is an internationally engaged curator, writer, editor and lecturer.

Rúrí – Book Design of the Year 2012

The book RÚRÍ has been awarded;  FÍT 2012 – Graphic Design in Iceland Award  in the category Book Design.

Designers: Atli Hilmarsson & Hörður Lárusson, Vinnustofa Atla Hilmarssonar

Rúrí – Retrospective


Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Minister of Education, Science and Culture opened the main exhibition in the National Gallery of Iceland on March 2. A separate part will open in Kubburinn, Art Academy of Iceland at Laugarnes Friday March 9. at 16:00.

National Gallery of Iceland

Book presentation & performance – Berlin


The Embassy of Iceland in Germany and Hatje Cantz Verlag invite to a book presentation of the publications „Icelandic Art Today“ and the Monograph  „Rúrí“

The editor Christian Schoen will present the book, followed by an artist talk. And then the artist will give the video-performance  „Vocal-VI Minor“.

The Nordic Embassies – Felleshus, FelleshusRauchstr. 1, 10787 Berlin.
Tuesday February 7th, at 19:00


Die Botschaft von Island und der Hatje Cantz Verlag
laden Sie und Ihre Begleitung herzlich ein zur Präsentation der Publikation „Icelandic Art Today“ und der Monografie „Rúrí“
mit anschließender Videoperformance der Künstlerin

am Dienstag, dem 7. Februar 2012, um 19 Uhr
im Gemeinschaftshaus der Nordischen Botschaften, Rauchstr. 1, 10787 Berlin.

Die Monografie „Rúri“ wird von der Künstlerin gemeinsam mit Dr. Christian Schoen in englischer Sprache präsentiert. Im Anschluss zeigt sie die zehnminütige Videoperformance „Vocal-VI“, die sich kritisch mit dem ökologischen Ungleichgewicht auseinandersetzt.

Rúrí – Retrospective


Upcoming: March 3rd – May 5th  2012

Rúrí – Retrospective exhibition
National Gallery of Iceland
Reykjavík, Iceland
curator Christian Schoen

National Gallery of Iceland

Book launch Austria


Saturday November 5th. at 14:30
On the occasion of the launching of the monograph Rúrí in the Deep Space at Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria, the editor Christian Schoen will present the book, followed by an artist talk. And the artist will show a new video performance.

Rúrí – monograph


The first comprehensive monograph on the artist, with a catalogue raisonné.

Edited by: Christian Schoen
Texts by: Laufey Helgadóttir, Dorothea van der Koelen, Halldór Björn Runólfsson, Christian Schoen and Gunnar J. Árnason
Language: English 208 pages, 296 images, hard cover

Hatje Cantz (Ostfildern) 2011 ISBN 978-3-7757-2995-6

more informatin / order Hatje Cantz

The book is available at art museums in Reykjavík

Ruri Book pages Desolation

Ruri Book pages Desolation

Ruri Book pages Relativity

Ruri Book pages Relativity

Ruri Book pages_Dedication

Ruri Book pages_Dedication