Artist's Talk: Ragnar Kjartansson

Portrait of artist Ragnar Kjartansson wearing a black suit, sitting in a chair surrounded by oil paint palettes and a painting on an easel

Ragnar  Kjartansson photo by Elisabet David


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Artist's Talk: Ragnar Kjartansson

Thursday, April 15, 4 pm

Join artist Ragnar Kjartansson for a conversation with the AGO’s Adelina Vlas about his performance-based works, including the immersive seven-channel video installation Death Is Elsewhere, currently installed at the AGO.

Ragnar Kjartansson (b. 1976) lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland. Major solo shows include exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Reykjavík Art Museum; the Barbican Centre, London; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Park, Washington D.C.; the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal; the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; among others. The artist received the 2019 Ars Fennica Award, and was the recipient of the 2015 Artes Mundi’s Derek Williams Trust Purchase Award, and Performa’s 2011 Malcolm McLaren Award.

Adelina Vlas is Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the AGO. Selected AGO exhibitions include Ragnar Kjartansson: Death is Elsewhere (2020), Haegue Yang: Emergence (2020), Hito Steyerl: This is the future (2019), Valérie Blass: Le parlement des invisibles (2019), Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors (2018), As If Sand Were Stone: Contemporary Latin American Art from the AGO Collection (2017). Prior to joining the AGO in 2014, Adelina Vlas held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Canada.

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