POEMS IN WOOD – sculptures by Sigurjón Ólafsson
21 maj 202211 Sep 2022

Sigurjón Ólafsson, 'Karrusel' 1976. Photo: LSÓ
Sigurjón Ólafsson, ‘Karrusel’ 1976. Photo: LSÓ

At the exhibition Poems in wood, with sculptures by the Icelandic sculptor Sigurjón Ólafsson, a selection of the versatile artists spontaneous abstract works is on show.

Sigurjón Ólafsson (1908-1982) travelled to Denmark at the age of twenty and received his education from Professor Utzon-Frank at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. After two years of studies he was awarded the Academy’s gold medal for the sculpture Labourer and at his graduation in 1935 he exhibited works that pointed towards an abstracting form of expression.

Sigurjón’s classical education formed the basis of a remarkable creative talent, that made him a significant part of the Danish avant-garde in the 1930s and 1940s. He participated in pioneering exhibitions such as Linien and Teltudstillingen, which, among others, included the artists Asger Jorn, Ejler Bille and Erik Thommesen.

After Sigurjón returned to Iceland in 1945, he had a significant impact on the development of Icelandic modernism. Here he created numerous public monuments, a couple of hundred portrait busts, large stone sculptures, and many works in wood. It is as if working with the wood provided him with inspiration for a free and spontaneous expression, where the scope of the visual artistic universe is tested. Thus, the wooden sculptures of Sigurjón Ólafsson become a special and important part of his life’s work.

The exhibition is curated by Birgitta Spur.


Nordatlantens Brygge

Strandgade 91, 1401 Kbh K

Art Week 2022 programme at the The North Atlantic House

Mon-Fri 10-17
Sat-Sun 12-17
Admission fee

POEMS IN WOOD – sculptures by Sigurjón Ólafsson
21 maj 202211 Sep 2022


'POEMS IN WOOD – sculptures by Sigurjón Ólafsson'