Free admission to Kjarvalsstaðir until 3 January 2016

Jóhannes S. Kjarval, Untitled.

Free admission to the exhibition Marginalia – texts, sketches, and doodles in Kjarval’s art at Kjarvalssstaðir from 22 December to 3 January 2016 which is the last day of the exhibition.  In the exhibition, the focus is on the material, the method and the imagination in Kjarval‘s art. We see Kjarval at work with his pen or brush in hand: he draws, writes, sketches in ink, pencil or tusch.

The title Marginalia refers to Kjarval’s marginal world manifested in letters and notebooks, on the backs of envelopes and all sorts of scraps of paper. The exhibition delves into this personal world of Kjarval – representing a large number of drawings and a variety of writings in which text is integrated with images. Many of the pieces appear spontaneous and chaotic, reflecting Kjarval’s unceasing creative urge and his restless mind. At the exhibition we catch a glimpse of the artist’s many sides: the writer, the poet, the coiner of new words, the friend and companion – and above all, the artist, who will always take us by surprise.

In relation to the exhibition, the book Jóhannes S. Kjarval: Drawings has been published by Crymogeu. Kristín G. Guðnadóttir and Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir have written the text and chosen the book‘s material, as well as being the curators of the exhibition at Kjarvalsstaðir. The book is available at Kjarvalsstaðir. 

Kjarvalsstaðir will be closed to the public from 4 January to 5 February. The museum will reopen with two Kjarval's exhibitions on Museum Night 5 February 2016.