21 May — 5 June 2016
S7 – Suðurgata >> Árbær (not in service)

S7 - Suðurgata

>> Árbær (not in service)

Curator Unnar Örn Auðarson and Heiðar Kári Rannversson

May 30 17:00 Opening May 31 — August 31 2014


S7 – Suðurgata >> Árbær (not in service) is an exhibition and publication based on the initiative Gallery Suðurgata 7. The initiative, named after its location, ran from 1977 to 1982 in central Reykjavík. Organized by young artists at the time, it hosted a variety of cultural events, art exhibitions, film screenings, concerts and performances and instigated a platform for critical dialogue with the publication of an art magazine, Svart á hvítu (Black on White). The project is an attempt to examine the history of the initiative and its importance as well as to contextualize it in contemporary art and thus shape a new narrative.


The project allows for an otherwise unlikely collaboration between two institutions, the artist-run Living Art Museum and the Reykjavik City Heritage Museum, the collaboration presupposes the project. The Living Art Museum keeps original documents about the gallery in its Archive of Artist-run Initiatives, while the Reykjavík City Museum preserves the building that housed the gallery in Árbær Open Air Museum, to which it was relocated in 1983.

Four emerging artists, Erla Silfá Þorgrímsdóttir, Hrafnhildur Helgadóttir, Sæmundur Þór Helgason and Styrmir Örn Guðmunsson, have been invited to present site-specific work in three rooms of the building in Árbær Open Air Museum. The artists react to the multi-layered history of the building, its architecture and its museological context. In addition, individual works by artists Anna Hrund Másdóttir, Arna Óttarsdóttir, Arnar Ásgeirsson and Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson have been chosen to reflect on the staged period-rooms installed in other rooms of the building.


The project is a collaboration between the Reykjavík Art Festival, The Living Art Museum and the Reykjavík City Museum.