Sigurdur Gudmundsson at the Modern Museum Of Art / Malmö
The absurdity becoming serious when the artist Sigurdur Gudmundsson depicts the lonely man's vulnerability.
Icelander Sigurdur Gudmundsson has become a prominent figure on the contemporary Nordic art scene through his multifaceted oeuvre. Depending on how the vision can be realized most easily Gudmundsson has shifted over the years working and moved freely between performance art, sculpture, writing, painting and photography. During the seventies and eighties, he worked with a suite of photographic works by the name of “Situations” that will appear at the Modern museum of art in Malmö this autumn.
- It is a collection of images that in many cases, something very humorous about it while there is also another dimension to them. At the first meeting, one experiences an absurdity that gradually more and more slipping into a kind of seriousness. There is something very sad in many of the pictures, says Andreas Nilsson, who together with Magnus Jensner has curated the exhibition. In almost all of the 21 images displayed in the exhibition Gudmundsson figures himself in harmony with the landscapes and street environments. The encounter between man and nature or the city recurs in several of the images.
- They are very theatrical in its expression. Gudmundsson makes a variety of existential issues in their pictures and putting herself in hilarious situations he portrays in many respects the lone human vulnerability, says Magnus Jensner.
The exhibition is entirely separate, but linked to the program for photography that makes the Museum of Modern Art 2011 in Malmö. It's exciting to see the pictures that are a central part of Sigurdur Gudmundsson artistry, says Magnus Jensner