To Light, Shadow and Dust, 1994-2013, gold leaf, glass, 11 shelves, each 0.6 x 75 x 15 cm

Hreinn Friðfinnsson

Hreinn Friðfinnsson was born in 1943 in Baer Dölum, Iceland. Since 1971 he has been living in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He is co-founder of the Icelandic avant-garde artists’ collective SÚM and has exhibited internationally since the 1970s.

The artist recently had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Art & Design at MDC, Miami (2021); The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum, Svalbarðsströnd (2020); Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva; and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2019); Kunstverein Amsterdam, Amsterdam (2015); The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík (2014); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Bignan; and Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto (both 2002). In 2007 the Serpentine Gallery, London presented a first survey exhibition of his work which then travelled to Reykjavík Art Museum and in 2008 to Bergen Museum and Malmö Konsthall. He participated in Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, the 30th São Paulo Biennial in 2012 and in 1993 he represented Iceland at the 45th Venice Biennale.

Recent significant participations include group exhibitions at Frac des Pays de la Loire, Nantes (2023); Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon (2022); Arter, Istanbul (2022 and 2020); Kópavogur Art Museum, Reykjavík (2019); Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (2018); The Living Art Museum Reykjavík, Reykjavík (2017); National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík (2016); Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow; and Mudam, Luxemburg (both 2014), MOCA Los Angeles and Haus der Kunst, Munich (both 2012); Reykjavík Arts Festival (2005); and Jeu de Paume, Paris (2004). In 2000 the artist was the recipient of the prestigious Ars Fennica Prize. In 2019 Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin presented an extensive survey exhibition of his work.
Hreinn Friðfinnsson has been exhibiting with Galerie Nordenhake since 1989.

Installation view "To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964–Today", KW Institute For Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2019. Photo: Frank Sperling

Installation view "To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964–Today", KW Institute For Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2019. Photo: Frank Sperling

Installation view "To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964–Today", KW Institute For Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2019. Photo: Frank Sperling

Installation view "To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964–Today", KW Institute For Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2019. Photo: Frank Sperling

Installation view "To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964–Today", KW Institute For Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2019. Photo: Frank Sperling

Installation view "To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964–Today", KW Institute For Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2019. Photo: Frank Sperling

Installation view "To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964–Today", Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva, 2019. Photo: Mathilda Olmi

Installation view "To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964–Today", Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva, 2019. Photo: Mathilda Olmi

Installation view "To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964–Today", Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva, 2019. Photo: Mathilda Olmi

Installation view "To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964–Today", Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva, 2019. Photo: Mathilda Olmi

Fourth house of the house project since 1974, 2017, Stainless steel, polished, 255 × 325 × 195 cm, Temporary installation at Clearing in Sternbuschpark, Münster 2017

First House of the house project 1974, construction material, undetermined location, Iceland 1974

First House of the house project 1974, detail

Illustration, 2013, Mirage, white paint, c-print, injekt-print, platinum, Photos: 42H x 62B cm, 62H x 42B cm; Mirage mirror: 20H x 57Ø; Plinth: 50 x 30 x 30 cm

Illustration, 2013, detail

Illustration, 2013, detail

Hulduklettur, 2017, Cardboard boxes, mirrored aludibond, anatomical model of inner ear, wood, fossile ammonites, Swarovski crystals, Inkjet-print mounted on aludibond, C-prints framed, video projection, dimensions variable, installation view, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin 2017

Hulduklettur, 2017, detail

Hulduklettur, 2017, detail

Hulduklettur, 2017, detail

Fruits of Labour, 2004, Pencil shavings, Variable dimensions

Thingness, 1991- 2012, Acrylic glass, polished steel, printed text, plywood, 50 x 50 x 50 cm

From Mont St. Victoire, 1998, Rubbing (graphite on paper), 41.5 x 31 cm

A Woman At Rest in the Golden Ratio, 2012, c-print framed, mirror, transparent glass paint, 158.6 x 238.6 cm

Untitled Night, 2012, two c-prints, 119 x 84 cm, 42 x 30 cm

Sanctuary, 1997-2014, cardboard box and fluorescent paper, 80 x 60 x 25 cm

Installation view "Hreinn Fridfinnsson", Serpentine Gallery, London 2007

Installation view "Hreinn Fridfinnsson", Serpentine Gallery, London 2007

Books, 2006, c-print, 50 x 70 cm

Eleven Drops, 2004, 11 glass teardrops

Eleven Drops, 2004, detail

A Palace, 1990-2014, chicken wire, 314 x 407 cm

A Palace, 1990-2014, detail

Untitled Floating Object, 2012, acrylic glass, polished steel, wood, 50 x 50 x 50 cm

A group of 4 paintings, 2004, 4 wooden sticks with painting, each 30 x 2 cm

Clearing, 1991-2013, painting on wood, dimensions variable, wall with 41 sticks