Rúri. Yfirlitssýning retrospective
Icelandic artist Rúri has created installations, sculpture, mixed media works and performance art over the course of her 40 year career, the National Gallery of Iceland recently hosted a retrospective exhibition of her work to date.
The artist forged her reputation for provocative performance artist with her work Golden Car (1974), when she smashed a Mercedes Benz with a sledgehammer in Reykjavik’s town centre.
Her dramatic early work evolved to more pensive works focused on subjects of space and time, one of which being Archive – Endangered Waters (2008), a giant steel box containing 52 photographic slides of Icelandic waterfalls – each threated by industrial activity. Viewers pull out the giant slides to activate dramatic yet soothing sounds of each waterfall.
The exhibition included a series of geometric relief works as well as haunting refugee scenes.
Rúri represented Iceland in the Venice Biennale in 2003 and is heralded as one of Iceland’s most internationally successful artists.