About the artist
Ragnar Kjartansson was born in Reykjavik in 1976 and studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and the Royal Academy, in Stockholm, Sweden. In his performative practice, he draws on the entire arc of art, and pretending and staging are key tools in his attempt to convey sincere emotion and offer a genuine experience to the audience. His work has been exhibited widely, including recently at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, the Barbican Art Gallery, in London, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington, D.C., the Reykjavik Art Museum, the Palais de Tokyo, in Paris, New Museum, in New York, and the Musée d’art contemporain, in Montreal.
In the media
Une œuvre chantée, poétique et immersive, à la fois douce et mélancolique, totalement pertinente en ces temps de pandémie.
The Montreal Gazette
ICI Radio-Canada Télé, Téléjournal
Ici Première, Tout un matin
Credits and curatorial team
An exhibition organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and made possible thanks to a generous loan from the Giverny Capital Collection.
It is curated by Mary-Dailey Desmarais, Chief Curator, MMFA.
With support from:
Ragnar Kjartansson. Photo Elisabet Davids