Events

28/12/2016 - 02/12/2017 kl. All Day
Reykjavik City Library

Kæj! Comics Exhibition

Comics for a Quarter Century

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Icelandic artist Þorri Hringsson exhibits a selection of works from his career in comics at the Reykjavik City Library, now spanning over a quarter century.

Þorri Hringsson was born in Reykjavík in 1966. He studied art at the Reykjavik School of Visual Arts, at Myndlista- og handíðaskóli Íslands (Icelandic School of Visual Arts and Handicraft) and at Jan Van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht. He‘s held over 25 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions in Iceland, Europe and USA. All major art museums in Iceland own works by Þorri, as do many private and public collections in Iceland, Europe and USA.

Alongside his career as an artist, Þorri has been creating comics for over a quarter of a century. A selection of his works will be exhibited at the comics department on the second floor of Culture House Grófin. Among Þorri‘s works is the comic book 1937 – Tinna and Hreinn Borgfjörð‘s Adventures, created by Þorri and Sjón in 1989; comics from all issues of GISP! magazine along with other publications in Iceland and Scandinavia.

The exhibition space is unconventional and the agenda behind the project is to promote Icelandic comics artists and their work. In addition, the exhibitions bring to life the traditional library space in the comics department.

Þorri‘s works can be viewed here. The exhibition is ongoing until January 2, 2017.

The Reykjavik City Library’s downtown branch is open Mondays – Thursdays from 10 am – 7 pm, Fridays from 11 am – 6 pm and weekends from 1 pm – 5 pm.

 

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22/03/2017 - 02/04/2017 kl. All Day
The Culture House

Peekaboo - Polish and Icelandic Illustrations

Outstanding illustrations for children

Gjugg í borg

The exhibition Peekaboo opened at the Culture House in Reykjavik on Tuesday, March 21st 2017. It is part of the DesignMarch programme.

The exhibition tells the story of Polish and Icelandic illustrated children’s books by presenting the best works of illustrators from both countries. Sixteen Polish and six Icelandic authors are featured. The project is divided into two parts: an exhibition of illustrations and books, and a programme of workshops for children and illustrators.

The exhibition will be open daily from March 22 to April 2nd from 10 am – 5 pm.

About the exhibition

The last decade has seen a revival of books for children in Poland. New publishing houses are constantly popping up and taking the risk of publishing contemporary and innovative books. And the world has taken note. Polish books regularly receive the Bologna Ragazzi Award – the most important international children’s book award. A similar development can be observed in Iceland’s children’s literature, where illustrated children’s books play a very important part. Iceland is fortunate to have committed, young illustrators, who are succeeding at recreating Icelandic children’s literature, which is the foundation of Icelandic literature as a whole.

The Peekaboo Exhibition at the Culture House in Reykjavik showcases the most interesting children’s’ books illustrated by 16 Polish and 6 Icelandic artists. The books show the artists’ diversity and wit – the exhibition’s design allows children to explore the books’ characters. The exhibition will be accompanied by a lecture about contemporary Polish illustration, a meeting with some of the illustrators and a workshop programme for both Polish children living in Iceland and Icelandic children.

The illustrators

The illustrators taking part in the exhibition are: Halldór Baldursson, Edgar Bąk, Katarzyna Bogucka, Iwona Chmielewska, Robert Czajka, Agata Dudek, Emilia Dziubak, Małgorzata Gurowska, Monika Hanulak, Ari Hlynur Guðmundsson Yates, Marta Ignerska, Bergrún Íris Sævarsdóttir, Áslaug Jónsdóttir, Aleksandra and Daniel Mizieliński, Marianna Oklejak, Linda Ólafsdóttir, Paweł Pawlak, Ola Płocińska, Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir, Dawid Ryski, Piotr Socha, Marianna Sztyma

Workshop Programme:

PeekabooWorkshops

21.03, Tuesday

Culture House
Time: 3pm
Basement – workshop for children
Robert Czajka, “Paper town”
During the workshop, the participants will build a cardboard town based on the components of “Paper town”, a toy designed by Robert Czajka. Children will be able to assemble pre-made houses or create their own, learning how to construct three-dimensional buildings along the way.

22.03, Wednesday

Culture House
Time: 12.00 pm
Workshop for children
Robert Czajka “Animals” / “Zwierzęta”
During the workshop, the participants will build animals out of corrugated board based on the components of “Animals”, a toy designed by Robert Czajka. Children will also be able to create their own animals, learning how to give them three-dimensional forms along the way.

KEX Hostel
Time: 4 pm
Seminar for illustrators and other industry professionals + lecture by Iwona Chmielewska Guests: Magdalena Kłos – Podsiadło.

24.03, Friday

Culture House
Time: 4pm
Basement – Workshop for children – Gosia Gurowska “Psikusy”
How to make a mutt? Workshop based on the book “PSIKUSY”. Cards with images of pedigree dogs will be cut up and rearranged to form crazy collages. From the cut out snouts, paws, stomachs, tails and patches, children will create mixed-breed dogs of all shapes and sizes, and with different personalities and temperaments.

25.03 ,Saturday

Culture House
Time: 12pm
Basement – Workshop for children
Gosia Gurowska “Lokomotywa”
The workshop is structured around the “Locomotive/IDEOLO”. Participants are given pictures of wagons, exactly like the ones in the book, but they have no load. The content of each wagon is created by all participants of the workshop.

Culture Houes
Time: 4pm
Basement – Workshop for children
Iwona Chmielewska “Trouble”
We can tell all kinds of stories with the use of a single shape. When we read or simply look at a book, we think about creative solutions to our problems, and ways to relieve stress. It turns out that if it weren’t for our problems, errors and failures, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to look at different possibilities our imaginations have to offer.

26.03, Sunday

Culture House
Time: 10am
Basement – Workshop for children
Iwona Chmielewska “Eyes”
Workshop with Eyes. The book tells a story of how disability can open up new possibilities that are out of reach for fully able people. When creating new and original solutions we will mainly focus on eyes, but we will also try “seeing” with our other senses.

2.04, Sunday

Culture House
Time: 11 am
Basement- Workshop for children
Kristin Ragna, “Leðurblökulistasmiðja” / “The Friendly Bats Workshop”
Workshop based on the bats from the book “Úlfur og Edda: Dýrgripurinn”

Workshops with Polish illustrators will be translated into Icelandic. All workshops are open to all with free admission. No booking is needed.

Project

Curator: Ewa Solarz
Space arrangement: Kosmos Project
Visual identity: Robert Czajka
Organiser: Adam Mickiewicz Institute, acting under its brand Culture.pl
Partners: Partners: Culture House, Design March, Polish Embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland Design Centre, Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literatuer, Wytwórnia.

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08/04/2017 kl. 1:00 pm
Nordic House

Story Hour in Norwegian

Reading, playing and singing with Matja Steen

Norsk sögustund

The Nordic House in Reykjavik offers story hours in Norwegian on the Saturdays February 11th, March 11th, April 8th and May 6th 2017.

The story hour takes place in the library. The programme best fits children from age 7 to 9, but all children who speak and / or understand Norwegian are welcome.

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06/05/2017 kl. 1:00 pm
Nordic House

Story Hour in Norwegian

Reading, playing and singing with Matja Steen

Norsk sögustund

The Nordic House in Reykjavik offers story hours in Norwegian on the Saturdays February 11th, March 11th, April 8th and May 6th 2017.

The story hour takes place in the library. The programme best fits children from age 7 to 9, but all children who speak and / or understand Norwegian are welcome.

The Nordic House’s website

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