- Hatje Cantz
- Contemporary Art
Edited by Christian Schoen, texts by Laufey Helgadóttir, Dorothea van der Koelen, Halldór Björn Runólfsson, Christian Schoen, Gunnar J. Árnason, graphic design by Atli Hilmarsson
2011. 208 pp., 296 ills.
24.70 x 28.70 cm
| The first comprehensive monograph on the artist, with a catalogue raisonné
Icelandic artist Rúrí (*1951 in Reykjavik) is one of the most important female artists in northern Europe. Her early work reflects the tensions of a society in turmoil, and it attests to the strong will required to assert oneself in the male-dominated art world. In the eighties, she dealt with questions about her own identity as well as cultural identity in general. Influenced by Fluxus and Conceptualism, she was one of the first performance artists in Scandinavia. Later themes of her actions, performances, public art projects, and poetic objects centered on ethnicity, and she drew worldwide attention with her Archive—Endangered Waters at the 2003 Venice Biennale. For Rúrí, art is a way of giving shape to philosophy, and she poses crucial questions about life in a manner unlike any other artist.
Exhibition schedule: National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, March 3–May 6, 2012