Season’s greetings from BERG Contemporary
All of us here at BERG Contemporary wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year ahead. Our gallery will be open by appointments, but otherwise closed from December 22nd and we will return again with a new exhibition on January 12th, 2018.
*Image by Haraldur Jónsson, taken from his photography series Arctic Fruits.
In other news
Season’s greetings from BERG Contemporary
All of us here at BERG Contemporary wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year ahead. Our gallery will be open by appointments, but otherwise closed from December 22nd and we will return again with a new exhibition on January 12th, 2018. *Image by Haraldur Jónsson, taken from
SIGURÐUR GUÐJÓNSSON in NJORD 2018
SIGURÐUR GUÐJÓNSSON will be participating in the upcoming edition of NJORD 2018, taking place in Copenhagen in January 2018. For NJORD 2018, SIGURÐUR GUÐJÓNSSON will present his work Trajectories (2014), a collaborative work between the artist and NJORD’s composer-in-residence, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, consisting of three channel HD video and stereo sound. The piece was commissioned by The Reykjavik Center for
BERG Contemporary at UNTITLED Miami Beach 2017
Starting on December 6th, BERG Contemporary exhibits at UNTITLED Miami Beach 2017, now in its fifth edition. BERG Contemporary will be located at booth E6 with available works by DODDA MAGGÝ, HARALDUR JÓNSSON, KEES VISSER and WOODY VASULKA, some exhibited for the very first time. A preview of the exhibition is currently available on Artsy,
BERG Contemporary artists in Fact of the Matter exhibition
The Reykjavík Art Museum opens a new exhibition this upcoming Saturday, on November 25th, focusing on the material world as the subject of a few chosen pieces from the museum’s collection, including work by DODDA MAGGÝ, FINNBOGI PÉTURSSON and HULDA STEFÁNSDÓTTIR. Bearing the title Fact of the Matter – Draft of Contemporary Art History in
DODDA MAGGÝ & Sigurður Guðjónsson in Addis Video Art Festival
Taking place between December 24th and January 3rd 2018 at various venues in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the 2nd Addis Video Art Festival features the work of DODDA MAGGÝ and SIGURÐUR GUÐJÓNSSON. Their showcases are a part of a video program curated by Erin Honeycutt, aiming to create a dialogue between local and international artists by encouraging
Dodda Maggý and BERG Contemporary release an album
On the occasion of Dodda Maggý’s exhibition, VARIATONS, BERG Contemporary is releasing a vinyl record with the work C series. The album is signed and numbered, in edition of 30. C series is about the working process of a composing method that Dodda Maggý created for the piece, as she was mostly interested in creating
The Sound and Video Works of Dodda Maggý at ARoS Art Museum
ARoS Art Museum in Denmark has opened The Sound and Video Works of Dodda Maggý, which features nine works by the artist. The exhibition is the ninth in the series of ARoS FOCUS // NEW NORDIC, focusing on up-and-coming Scandinavian artists. In connection with the exhibition at ARoS, DODDA MAGGÝ will receive the Young Talent Award, a grant made
Inlight – Sigurður Guðjónsson’s solo exhibition at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital
On 23rd of September at 3 pm, Sigurður Guðjónsson’s solo exhibition, INLIGHT, opens at the chapel and morgue of the former St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland. For the exhibition Guðjónsson was selected from a large number of artists by ASÍ (Icelandic Confederation of Labour) Arts Council and has especially for this occasion created three new
SIGURÐUR GUÐJÓNSSON AT CYCLE MUSIC AND ART FESTIVAL
A new work by Sigurður Guðjónsson in collaboration with composer Lam Lai, Orviilot (2017), will premiere September 23rd at Cycle Music and Art Festival in Gerðarsafn – Kópavogur Art Museum. For further information, click here
DODDA MAGGÝ featured in the Reykjavík Grapevine
The Reykjavík Grapevine stopped by BERG Contemporary in the passing week for a chat with DODDA MAGGÝ about her ongoing exhibition at the gallery and her exciting upcoming projects. To read the feature in full, click here.
BERG Contemporary at EXPO CHICAGO
BERG Contemporary will be partaking in this year’s EXPO CHICAGO, held at Navy Pier in the Festival Hall, September 13th-17th. BERG Contemporary will present works by Finnbogi Pétursson, Monika Grzymala, Steina and Woody Vasulka at booth number 742. To learn more about the fair, have a look here and here.
BERG Contemporary at CHART Art Fair, Copenhagen
Today marks the beginning of CHART Art Fair in Copenhagen and BERG Contemporary is located at booth number 22. Representing works by DODDA MAGGÝ, HARALDUR JÓNSSON and SIGURÐUR GUÐJÓNSSON, the fair runs through September 3rd and is held at Kunsthal Charlottenburg in Copenhagen. To learn more about the works available by our gallery, go here.
Sigurður Guðjónsson at Mykonos Multimedia Festival
Mykonos Multimedia Festival will host screenings of works by Sigurður Guðjónsson during their upcoming annual event. The works shown are titled Recorder and Veil. The festival will commence on September 1st, carrying through September 3rd 2017. To learn more, click here.
Hulda Stefánsdóttir & Sigurður Guðjónsson exhibit at Hafnarborg
Opening on Friday the 25th of August, Hulda Stefánsdóttir and Sigurður Guðjónsson will join in the opening of a group exhibition titled Painting – not a medium at the Hafnarborg Centre of Culture and Art in Iceland. The exhibition is curated by Jóhannes Dagsson and will be presented with a directly-related symposium on 14. September.
Haraldur Jónsson in Living Art Museum exhibition
The Expedition to the Magic Mountain* (2013-2020) is an existential movement in time and space, exploring levels of consciousness, knowledge and sensibility, old and new. It is also the title of a newly opened exhibition by a group of contemporary artists, including BERG Contemporary’s very own Haraldur Jónsson. In conjunction with the exhibition, the expedition welcomes
DODDA MAGGÝ RECEIVES YOUNG TALENT AWARD AT ARoS AARHUS KUNSTMUSEUM
BERG Contemporary is proud to announce Dodda Maggý’s exhibition at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Denmark, entitled THE SOUND AND VIDEO WORKS OF DODDA MAGGÝ. The exhibition is a part of the exhibition series ARoS FOCUS // NEW NORDIC which focuses on young Nordic artists. Dodda Maggý is in addition receiving the YOUNG TALENT award, which
DODDA MAGGÝ AT COPENHAGEN ART WEEK OPENING
Dodda Maggý’s work DeCore (loom) will feature on CPH Art Week Opening that will take place in VEGA, Copenhagen, on Thursday 24 Aug 8pm- 1am. For further information, click here
New exhibitions by Dodda Maggý
One of BERG Contemporary’s latest artist recruitments, Dodda Maggý, has opened two new exhibitions. Located in Iceland’s countryside, Kleifar in Blönduós, the former one is Ekkert Jarm and features work by the artist until 30. July 2017. To learn more click here. The second exhibition is Vicennial by Vane, in Newcastle upon Tyne. Open until 19. August 2017, it showcases
Haraldur Jónsson in Rolling Snowball
BERG Contemporary artist Haraldur Jónsson is currently exhibiting at Rolling Snowball, an annual group exhibition held in Djúpivogur, the Eastern part of Iceland. The show is now in its ninth edition and will run through 20. August 2017. To learn more, click here.
BERG CONTEMPORARY ANNOUNCES REPRESENTATION OF NEW ARTISTS AND UPCOMING FAIRS
BERG Contemporary is delighted to announce that the gallery now represents Dodda Maggý (b. 1981), Kees Visser (b. 1948) and John Zurier (b. 1956). To learn more about the artists, please click here. BERG Contemporary is also pleased to state their return to CHART Art Fair in Copenhagen and UNTITLED Miami, in addition to participating in this year’s EXPO CHICAGO.
Steina in Collecting Digital Art exhibition
Currently on show as part of a group exhibition titled Collecting Digital Art, Steina’s work Violin Power can be viewed at the Thoma Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. With exhibitions that rotate quarterly, the foundation’s ongoing show includes pieces by Guillermo Galindo, Beryl Korot, Brigitte Kowanz, Vera Molnar, Laura Splan and Steina. Made over the course of
New exhibitions by Haraldur Jónsson
Haraldur Jónsson exhibits new works at Stykkishólmur church in Iceland, this upcoming Saturday, 17th of June 2017. The opening is at 5pm. His show at Gallerí Úthverfa is currently still on in Ísafjörður, Iceland. To learn more about the exhibitions, click here and here.
A new documentary film on the Vasulkas
In its 12th edition, Skjaldborg is an Icelandic documentary film festival, held in Patreksfjörður, Iceland. It serves as a creative venue for premiering new Icelandic documentaries and BERG Contemporary is delighted to share that the festival will feature a brand new documentary on Steina and Woody Vasulka, trailblazers of video art and pioneering couple. The film is
LOOP Barcelona pays tribute to Steina and Woody Vasulka
Curated by Eugeni Bonet and Antony Mercader, the 15th edition of LOOP Barcelona will highlight pioneers of video art. Woody and Steina Vasulka will be featured in good company of such artists as Nam June Paik, Andy Warhol, Tony Oursler, Robert Cahen, Carles Pujol, Eugénia Balcells, David Hall as well as others. Taking part in
Artist talk with Steina at the National Gallery of Iceland
On 18th of May Steina will discuss her works with Hildur and Kristín Bjarnadóttir, the artist’s sisters, and Kristín Scheving, head of Vasulka-chamber, at the National Gallery of Iceland. The talk will be in icelandic and starts at 16:30. Free admission. Visitors can also see Steina’s Pyroglyphs, which is on display at the National Gallery,
Machine Vision by Steina at LOOP Festival 2017
BERG Contemporary proudly announces that Steina’s Machine Vision (1978) will be part of the exhibition ‘VIDEO REWIND: A look back from early video works from the 1970s and 1980s’ at LOOP Festival in Barcelona from May 17-25. On May 25th Steina and Woody Vasulka will be participating in conversation with Kristín Scheving and Don Foresta at LOOP
BERG Contemporary at LOOP Fair 2017, Barcelona
At LOOP Fair 2017, BERG Contemporary will present Golden Voyage (1973) by pioneering video artists Steina and Woody Vasulka. In the mid-1970s, while working with various engineers and designers, the Vasulkas developed electronic tools specifically designed for art usage. They merged analog methods to digital methods, resulting in the precursor of many computer aided visualizations
BERG Contemporary at Photo London
BERG Contemporary proudly announces its participation at Photo London art fair this May. Now in its third edition, Photo London has established itself as a world-class photography fair and as a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community and the international creative society as a whole. Photo Londony harnesses outstanding creative talent and brings together the
Haraldur Jónsson in ‘Opnun’ tv series and exhibition
On 29 March 2017, Kling & Bang gallery at the Marshall House in Reykjavík will open a new collaborative exhibition curated by Dorothée Kirch and Markús Þór Andrésson under the title ‘Opnun’. BERG Contemporary artist Haraldur Jónsson will be showing work previously exhibited at BERG Contemporary, alongside many of Iceland’s top artists. The story behind the exhibition
BERG Contemporary closed through Easter weekend
BERG Contemporary wishes you a Happy Easter Holiday. The gallery will be closed from 13 – 17 April, but will open again on Tuesday 18 April.
Sigurður Guðjónsson in Cycle Music and Art Lab
Sigurður Guðjónsson will participate in Cycle workshop and artist residency in Hong Kong in collaboration with Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, The Modern Academy and Spring Workshop for later showcase, April 13th to 17th. On April 15th, TRAJECTORIES, a collaborative composition for piano, electronics and video projection, with an electronic score composed by Anna Thorvaldsdottir with visuals
Sigurður Guðjónsson in BOUT at Reykjavík Art Museum
Sigurður Guðjónsson takes part in the group exhibition BOUT at Reykjavík Art Museum from April 6th to May 7th with DEATHBED (2006). BOUT is an extensive project where a large part of the animated works in the Reykjavík Art Museum collection will be put on show. The title refers to the works being exhibited in
Market Art Fair opens today
BERG Contemporary exhibits works by Finnbogi Pétursson at this year’s Market Art Fair in Stockholm, opening today. This will be the art fair’s 12th edition, as it has become an important meeting place for collectors and art professionals. BERG Contemporary welcomes all to their booth during the exhibition days, located at number 29. The fair is
Haraldur Jónsson in Hafnarborg exhibition
On Saturday, 25 March 2017, Hafnarborg Centre of Culture and Fine Art will open a new collaborative exhibition titled „Literally – Concrete poetry in Iceland from 1957 until today“. The show is held in the main exhibition hall of the museum and features some of Haraldur Jónsson’s artworks alongside others. The exhibition is curated by
Access for Everyone
From an entrance on Smiðjustígur it is possible to access our wheelchair ramp (see map). Here there are parking places for guests of the gallery and reserved places for wheelchair vehicles.
Hulda Stefánsdóttir on memory and time
March 3rd, 2017, 10.15 am, classroom 53 at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts Hulda Stefánsdóttir will be delivering an errand on her creative process, especially focusing on ideas on dimensions of time within the stillness of a painting’s surface. The exhibition Shift (2016) at BERG Contemporart reflected on the impossibility of capturing a specific
Finnbogi Pétursson exhibits at TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien
Opening later this month, on February 20th 2017, Finnbogi Pétursson will present his work as part of an ongoing exhibition series at TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien in the Austrian capital. Titled Tonspur 73: Finnbogi Pétursson, Border 2017, the show will run through May 27th, 2017. Further information to be announced.
Sigurður Guðjónsson and Steina in Reykjavík Art Museum exhibition
BERG Contemporary artists Sigurður Guðjónsson and Steina are part of an extensive exhibition project, currently on at the Reykjavík Art Museum. Titled BOUT – play, performance, record and tale, referring to the works being exhibited in four different bouts, each one lasting around four weeks. Each bout has its own theme which is based on the approach
BERG Contemporary at Market Art Fair 2017
BERG Contemporary will be part of Market Art Fair’s 12th edition, taking place at Fargfabriken in Stockholm, March 24th-26th 2017. With leading galleries from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland participating, BERG Contemporary will be in good company, where the fair will showcase an exclusive selection of the most interesting art on the Nordic art scene,
Monika Grzymala exhibits in Germany and Spain
EACC (Espai d´Art Contemporani de Castelló) is presenting the first solo show in Spain of the work of Monika Grzymala (Zabrze, 1970). For this site-specific project the artist has used adhesive tape to create a temporary installation exploring the possibilities of three-dimensional drawing. Predicated on the use of the line, Grzymala generates a personal vocabulary
BERG Contemporary featured by Whitehot magazine and Artsy
BERG Contemporary has been actively taking part in Miami Art week at Untitled, Miami Beach, over the past days and is pleased to be featured by Whitehot Magazine and Artsy in relation to the fair. As written by Artsy; „For its fifth edition, UNTITLED returns to its perch on the sandy shores of South Beach
BERG Contemporary at Untitled, Miami Beach. Opens today.
Opening today, BERG Contemporary will exhibit works by pioneering video artists Steina and Woody Vasulka at Untitled, Miami Beach. A preview of the exhibition is already available on Artsy, as can be seen here. BERG Contemporary will be located in booth C 11 Ocean Drive & 12th Street Miami Beach FL 33139
Monika Grzymala in Arte feature
Monika Grzymala is featured in an online article by Arte, where the viewer can gain a closer look at her work process and ideas. For an in depth look, we recommend watching the video, where Grzymala explains in her own words some thoughts behind her artworks. Please note that the video is in German/French. To
Untitled, Art, Miami Beach – Booth C11
For the fifth edition of Untitled, Art, Miami Beach, BERG Contemporary will exhibit works by pioneering video artists Steina and Woody Vasulka. Through important video and print work the presentation will cast a light on the couple’s extensive career and explorations of the malleability of the image, the manipulation of electronic energy and the interrelation of sound and image. With
Rintaro Hara at AYUMI GALLERY / CAVE
AYUMI GALLERY / CAVE in Tokyo, Japan, has opened a brand new exhibition by Rintaro Hara, titled Ascending and Descending. Since its opening in 1984, AYUMI GALLERY has been a popular presentation space for active artists. It is also an interesting destination for visitors to Kagurazaka. The exhibition opened on November 19th 2016 and will run through
Steina & Woody Vasulka at Atelier Nord
Atelier Nord in Oslo has opened a new exhibition titled IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SIGNAL, featuring the works of Steina and Woody Vasulka, aiming to shed light on the technical diversity and wide-ranging will to experiment that characterises their contribution to the signal-focused tradition within video. The exhibition includes several interviews and conversations with Steina and Woody from the
SIGURÐUR GUÐJÓNSSON AT JIHLAVA INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
Sigurður Guðjónsson takes part in Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival with four video works, Relief (2015), Balance (2013), Veil (2012) and Recorder (2010). Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival was conceived in the minds of a group of Jihlava grammar school students in 1997. Each autumn, the Jihlava IDFF brings together thousands of viewers, directors, artists, producers, film critics and journalists
Steina and Woody Vasulka at Untitled, Art
At Untitled, Art, Miami Beach, BERG Contemporary will present new and rarely seen works by pioneering video artists Steina and Woody Vasulka.
A NEW BOOK ON MONIKA GRZYMALA
Monika Grzymala. Drawing Spatially, the second monograph on the oeuvre of Monika Grzymala, was published by Hatje Cantz in September 2016.
SLIDERS_LAB AT VASULKA CHAMBER
On September 21st Jean-Marie Dellet and Frederic Curien at SLIDERS_lab will present their research project and share thoughts on the exhibition Vasulka’s Variations, a collaboration with Steina and Woody Vasulka from earlier this year in Centre d’art Le Lait in Albi, France. The presentation will take place at the National Gallery of Iceland and begins at
NORDIC MUSIC DAYS: SIGURÐUR GUÐJÓNSSON, HALLA STEINUNN STEFÁNSDÓTTIR AND NORDIC AFFECT
Premiere of a new collaboration piece S C A P E (2016) by artist Sigurður Guðjónsson, Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir and Nordic Affect on October 1st in Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall.
Trajectories at International Contemporary Ensemble
On september 18 Trajectories, a collaboration piece by Sigurður Guðjónsson with an electronic score by Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, will be shown at the International Contemporary Ensemble in Abrons Arts Center, NY.
Interview with Sigurður Guðjónsson
An interview with Sigurður Guðjónsson on the occasion of the opening of the artist’s new solo exhibition at BERG Contemporary is available at Icelandic Art Center’s website.
Code Art Fair, Copenhagen
At Code Art Fair 2016, BERG Contemporary will present works by Hulda Stefánsdóttir, Steina and Woody Vasulka. Aug 26th – 28th Booth E Syd-019A http://www.codeartfair.dk/
7 Great Artist Duos That Shaped Art History
Steina and Woody Vasulka listed in Artsy editorial as one of 7 Great Artist Duos That Shaped Art History. Working together from 1969-1974, Steina’s experience as a violinist along with Woody’s training as a mechanical engineer and filmmaker fused to create the ground-breaking video environments that helped to establish the medium of video.
Steina at Currents, New Mexico
Steina premiers a new multi-channel video work at Currents: Santa Fe International New Media Festival on June 25th, 2016. Currents is an annual festival showcasing established and emerging media artists in traditional venues and outdoor spaces aimed at introducing media art as a bridge between contemporary art and the public.
Steina at Galeries Lafayette, Toulouse
Steina collaborates with SLIDERS_lab in Memory Mirror in the windows of Galeries Lafayette in Toulouse, France. Hosted by the Centres d’art Le Lait, the exhibition will be on display from July 4th to July 30th, 2016. Memory Mirror is an interactive variation of Steina’s Warp (2002) which presents the “twisting” effect of tracing movement via
Vasulka’s Variations at Centre d’art Le Lait
Steina and Woody Vasulka collaborate with SLIDERS_lab, an art research group hosted by the University of Poitiers, in Vasulka’s Variations at Centre d’art Le Lait in Albi, France from June 24th to October 23rd, 2016. The exhibition places the Vasulka’s amongst extended works by SLIDERS_lab, showing the transitions from analog to digital worlds. For example, Woody’s
Monika Grzymala, Orbital Motion in Castelló, Spain
Monika Grzymala’s first solo exhibition in Spain, Orbital Motion takes place at Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló from September 23rd, 2016 to January 8th, 2017. Grzymala explores the possibilities of three-dimensional drawing using a variety of materials and techniques aimed at exploring the transformation of the exhibition space. Documentary videos of performances by the artist
Finnbogi Pétursson in BY WATER, Finland
Finnbogi Pétursson takes part in the group exhibition BY WATER – Icelandic artists on the shores of Finland from June 4th to September 4th, 2016. Hosted by the Pro Artibus Foundation in Tammisaari, Finland, the exhibition explores the nature/culture relationship through the theme of water, specifically as it is carried out in Iceland. In Finnbogi’s
Steina & Woody Vasulka at Raven Row, London
Steina & Woody Vasulka, Machine Vision took place at Raven Row in London from May 19th to June 5th , 2016. The exhibition includes Steina’s 1978 installation, Machine Vision, which questions anthropocentric vision with variations of mechanical seeing. Also included were Woody’s Waveform Studies, an analysis of video imagery from 1977-2016. Other examples from the Vasulkas’ experiments
This is BERG Contemporary
BERG Contemporary aims to provide a diversified forum for contemporary art by representing emerging and established artists, and by seeking the resonant tone of the present in new and innovative exhibitions. BERG Contemporary is located in an old glass factory in Reykjavík, Iceland. The Icelandic artist Finnbogi Pétursson opens the very first exhibition of BERG Contemporary March