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This exhibition showcases works of art in the spirit of “visual music.” Since the early twentieth century, artists in search of abstract forms of expression have sought inspiration in music. The pioneers of abstract painting consciously looked to musical aesthetics in order to develop a new kind of painting without reference to external reality.
In due course, in the 1920s, avant-garde artists began experimenting with the new possibilities of film technology to create visual music. Since then, with the advent of video, and increasingly sophisticated means for working with music and images, artists have been able to develop this art form even further, to make works in the spirit of visual music without requiring a team of technicians to do so. Thus the concept of visual music can be traced through art history from the beginning of the twentieth century until the present day.
The exhibition is made up of three parts: First, the historical background to the art form is established through three of its main pioneers – Viking Eggeling, Thomas Wilfred and Oskar Fischinger. The second part of the exhibition, curated by Jón Proppé, consists of about forty smaller works that illustrate the relationship between music and abstract art in Iceland. The third and final section is a new installation that combines video work by Sigurður Guðjónsson and an electronic/piano composition by Anna Þorvaldsdóttir.
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