Ragnar Kjartansson

14 Jul 2016 – 4 Sep 2016

Regular opening hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 21:00
10:00 – 21:00
10:00 – 21:00
10:00 – 18:00

Barbican Centre

London, United Kingdom

Travel Information

  • Moorgate / Barbican

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Swinging playfully between romantic melancholy and light-heartedness, go on an emotional journey with Icelandic artistRagnar Kjartansson through his performances, films and paintings.


Opening 14 July 2016 at Barbican Art Gallery, this is the first ever UK survey of the work of the internationally acclaimed Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, charting his wide-ranging practice across film and performance, and his less well known work as a painter and draughtsman. Born into a family active in Iceland’s theatre scene, Kjartansson draws from a varied history of stage traditions, film, music and literature from Icelandic storytelling to opera music to contemporary pop culture. His performances, video installations, drawings and paintings explore the boundary between fact and fiction, as well as constructs of myth and identity. Donning various guises from a foot soldier, to a Hollywood crooner, to the incarnation of death, Kjartansson both celebrates and derides the romanticised figure of the artist as cultural hero. 

Exhibiting artists

Ragnar Kjartansson


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