The book on Ásmundur, 1971/1999 


"An artist can never consider himself liberated. Only then does he lose the freedom that is the premise of new ideas, the foundation of all creation. - The artist must never lose faith that he is yet to do his best work. Then he'll continue, trying to express himself better than before. Is there any belief better than expression? - New spaces are constantly opening up. Contemporary art allows people to look into these expanses - and renew their creativity. - Nothing can increase human development like art. That is also its role. Art should wake one up, not soothe." 

The views of the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson have never been better expressed than in these interviews with the journalist and poet Matthías Johannessen, which were first published in this book in 1971. Matthías crafted their conversations into elaborate entities that describe Ásmundur in a delightful way, discussing topics ranging from his work methods, national origins, and global attitude. The book on Ásmundur, published for the second time, is still considered to provide the best representation of the character of this mild-mannered artist. This book contains twelve pictures of Ásmundur and his works by Ólafur K. Magnússon. 

  • Hardcover 
  • 56 pages 
  • Illustrated 
  • Language: Icelandic 
  • Published: 1999 
  • Publisher: Reykjavík Art Museum 
  • Size: 20 cm x 26 cm 
  • Weight: 414 g

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