Hreinn Fridfinnsson

1943 · Iceland

Artist biography

Hreinn Fridfinnsson is an established contemporary artist, who originates from Iceland, like other famous artists such as Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Gudny Rosa Ingimarsdottir, Sigtryggur Bjarni Baldvinsson, Ari Sigvaldason, and Rax – Ragnar Axelsson. Hreinn Fridfinnsson was born in 1943.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Hreinn Fridfinnsson is represented by several galleries around the world, including countries like Finland, Belgium, and Spain. Some of those galleries are Galerie Anhava in Helsinki, Meessen De Clercq in Brussels, as well as Galerie Papillon in Paris. Hreinn Fridfinnsson's work has most recently been exhibited at Meessen De Clercq in Brussels (07 September 2018 until 06 October 2018) with the exhibition The Unending Gift. Hreinn Fridfinnsson's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Papillon in Paris (29 January 2020 - 22 February 2020) with the name Accrochage and Galerie Papillon in Paris (29 October 2019 - 10 January 2020) with the name 30 ans pile !. Hreinn Fridfinnsson's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called The Unending Gift and took place at Meessen De Clercq in Brussels, Belgium from the 07 September 2018 to 06 October 2018.

Further Biographical Context for Hreinn Fridfinnsson

Hreinn Fridfinnsson was born in 1943 and was as deeply indebted to the events of the 1960s as their formative influences. The astronomical impact of the 1960s was truly sensational across the globe. Evocative of a time stirring both hope and anger, the 1960s prompted an explosion of new philosophies and movements, truly sensational and ground-breaking. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly powerful impact globally, mainly defined by the Iron Curtain separating Europe both physically and spiritually, and drastically marked by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing expectations on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The incredible boom of mass consumerism also defined the era, engendering new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism established the crucial idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to mimic the physical world. Born of a desire to obliterate all pre-established conceptions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Minimalism became significant through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was a fundamental by-product of the latter, at the same time critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that reverberated through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, particular to different regions or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was established in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies adopted by the Zero group in Germany. Throughout Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism strongly influenced artists such as Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to depict the raw human emotions often connected to reflections on death and the haunting anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Hreinn Fridfinnsson

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