Hreinn Friðfinnsson
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Hreinn Friðfinnsson’s conceptual work has been characterized as poetic and playful, dealing often with storytelling, nature and time. It can be almost anything: a photograph, a story, a tracing, an atmosphere, a quasi-scientific experiment, a paint stirring stick or a secret. A split second up in the air between the years 1975 and 1976, one shoe searching for the other one to form a pair. His works are often structured around dualities and reversals. Both in form and content they are hard to pin down. The works remain in state of flux even after their conception, often older works are reused or expanded upon.

Born in 1943 in Baer Dölum, Iceland, Hreinn Friðfinnsson has been living in Amsterdam since 1971. He has exhibited internationally since the 1970s and had solo exhibitions at respected institutions such as the National Gallery (Reykjavík), the Serpentine Gallery (London) and Bergen Konsthall (Norway). In 2019-2020 a major retrospective To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964-Today took place at KW Institute of Contemporary Art in Berlin and Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva. Amsterdam based venues such as Gallery 845 (1970’s), Galerie van Gelder (1990’s), Kunstverein (2015) and Eenwerk (2018) have hosted solo shows.

Born 1943 in Dölum, Iceland Lives and works in Amsterdam since 1971


Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts, Reykjavík.
Co-founder of the SÚM artist’s group and Gallerí SÚM.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Conduct 10, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland

One Thing and Another, and Then Some More, Elba Benitez, Madrid, Spain
For the Time Being, MOAD - 
Museum of Art and Design, Miami, Florida, curated by Rina Carvajar

A Group Of Pieces, Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
Midnight Jump, Rozenstraat - a rose is a rose is a rose, Amsterdam, Holland

To Catch a Fish with a Song: 1964–Today, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève
and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Moving Image Department #11 IMAGE (ofSILENCE, National Gallery Prague, 
curated by Adam Budak

By The Ocean, EENWERK, Amsterdam
Hulduklettur, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin
Echoes and Reflections, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm
I collected personal secrets, Kunstverein, Amsterdam Between what and what not, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels —2014
Time and time and again, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik A portrait of a Sculptor as a Sculpture, with a Sculpture by the Sculptor (with Kristinn E. Hrafnsson), i8 gallery Reykjavík
Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin Around and About, Galería Elba Benitez, Madrid
House, The Hafnarfjörour Centre of Culture & Fine Art, Reykjavík 2011
Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
To Spin and Swing You Need a Beat, Claudine Papillon, Paris More or Less, Galerie I8, Reykjavík
Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm Elba Benitez, Madrid
Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen
Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin The Fall, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö
Serpentine Gallery, London Reykjavík Art Musuem, Reykjavík
Sudsudvestur, Keflavik Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris
Reykjavik Arts Festival, Gallery Slunkariki, Ísafjördur
Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin
i8 galleri, Reykjavik
Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Centre d’Art contemporain, Centre culturel de rencontre, Bignan Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto
Something Black, Something White, Something Neither Black Nor White, Ljósaklif, Hafnarjördur Lightcliff Art,
Ljosaklif, Hafnarfjordur
Ars Fennica, Waïnö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku & Hämeenlinnan Art Museum Museum of Earth, Warsaw Galerie Papillon-Fiat, Paris
Editions Camomille, Bruxelles Galerie Anhava, Helsinski
i8 galleri, Reykjavik
Galerie A. Von Scholz, Berlin
Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam
Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm
Camille von Scholz, Brussels Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris
Galerie Camille von Scholz, Brussels Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris Stichting Ultimathule, Amsterdam
Listasafn Islands, Reykjavik Venice Biennial, Icelandic Pavilion, (with Johanni Eyfells) National Gallery, Reykjavik
Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm Rhythms in Space, ICA, Amsterdam
Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam
Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris
Reykjavík Arts Festival Listahátíd in Reykjavik, Galleri 11, Reykjavik
Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm Slunkaríki, Isafirdi
Nordic Art Center, Sveaborg/ Galleria Augusta, Helsinki
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
Forum, Galerie Bama, Zürich Suzanne Biederbergg Gallery, Amsterdam
Le Magasin/Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble
Galerie Bama, Paris
Suzanne Biederberg Gallery, Amsterdam
Galerie Bama, Paris
10 gestir Listahátídar ’84 á Kjarvalsstödum, Kjarvalsstadir, Reykjavík
Aspect de l’art d’aujourd’hui 1970-80, Musée d’art et d’histoire, Genève
Galerie Helen van der Meij, Amsterdam Galerie Bama, Paris
Personal Worlds – Reality as Metaphor, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Gallerí Sudurgata 7, Reykjavik Seriaal, Amsterdam
Galerie Gaetan, Geneva Galerie Elsa von Honolulu, Ghent
Gallerí Sum, Reykjavik
In-Out Center, Amsterdam Galerie Fingal, Amsterdam
In-Out Center, Amsterdam
Galerie Fingal, Haarlem Galerie Balderich, Mönchen- Gladbach Gallery 845, Amsterdam

Selected Group Exhibitions

For Eyes That Listen, Arter, Instanbul, Turkey
Dark, Light and Green, Safnasafnið, The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum, Svalbarðsströnd, Iceland
Happy People, The Living
Art Museum Reykjavik, Iceland Skulpturprojekte Münster, Munster curated by Kasper König, Germany The multiple versus the unique work, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam
Lightpaint, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland Once we were next-door neighbours with John Zurier, ASÍ Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland Yoko Ono: One
More Story..., Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland
25 años, Galería Elba Benítez, Madrid
Narrativas monumentales. Figuras, paisajes y rituals, MAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, A Coruña
My first summer in the Sierra – Works from the Centre national des arts plastiques, Frac île-de-france - Château de Rentilly, Paris, France Múltiples mundos, CarrerasMugica, Bilbão
Real Life, Skaftfell Art Center, Seydisfjördur, Iceland Gathered Fates, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin
Le verre vivant II, MUDAC, Laussane
Notions of Time, Homecomings at SAFN Berlin, Berlin A.N.T.H.R.O.P.O.C.E.N.E, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
Pushing Reality, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Berlin Saint Jerome, Meessen de Clercq, Brussels DRAWN, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin
Solides Fragiles, Mudam, Luxemburg
Hreinn Fridfinnsson & Bruce McLean, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz
Do it Moscow, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture / GCCC, Moscow
Mon íle de Montmajour, Abbaye de Montmajour, Arles Works on Paper, i8 Gallery, Reykjavík
Only To Melt, Trustingly, Without Reproach, Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana Otremare, Galeria Vistamare, Pescara homecomings, HORSE, Berlin
Ends of Nature, Los Angeles MOCA, travelled to Haus der Kunst, Muinch The Imminence of Poetics, 30th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo Performing Abstraction, Galeria Luciana Brito, Sao Paulo
Saint Jerome, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
Dissecting Nature, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla Particles, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
Faster and Slower Lines, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik Be Nice to Me, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin
Perspectives. On the Border of Art and Philosophy, Reykjavik Art M
La Vie Mode d’Emploi (Life A User’s Manual), Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
Exhibition, Exhibition, Castello di Rivoli, Turin Cornered Rooms - Facing In - Facing Out, Waterside Project Space, London In the Face
of Spatial Grandeur, Circuit, Lausanne
Objects are like they appear, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
Mirrors, MARCO Vigo, Vigo Several Friends, National gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík Zweimal hat ihn niemand gesehen, Künstlerhaus, Bremen (Germany)
La Boucle et la spirale, FRAC Bourgogne, DijonVolcano Lovers, Ise Cultural Foundation, Soho, New York (USA)
Quiet Revolution: A Hayward Touring Exhibition, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes (UK)
Pleinarism, i8 galleri, Reykjavik
Dreams of the Sublime and Nowhere, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavík Experiment Marathon Reykjavík, Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavík
Le bruissement des images, Centre photographique d’Ile- de-France, Pontault Combault —2007
Drawing A Tiger, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin
O-Nattura Alas Nature, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík
Marseille Artistes Associés 1997-2007, Chapelle de Vieille Charité (CIRVA), Marseille —2006
In Between, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet - The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn Chers amis, Domaine de Kerguéhennec - Centre d’Art Contemporain, Bignan
Material Time/Work Time/Life Time, Reykjavík Arts Festival Horizontal Memories (Water Event), Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo
Éblouissement, Jeu de Paume, Paris Handlungsanweisung, Kunsthalle, Wien
Where do we go from here, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Ars Fennica, Russian State Museum, St-Petersburg
/ Aboa Vetus Ars Nova, Turku Out of Place, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin
Do it, e flux
Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto
Ljósaklif, Hafnarfjördur
64 N. – 20 V., (with Kristján Gudmundsson, Sigurdur Gudmundsson), Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm Carnegie Art Award 2000 (Helsinki, Oslo, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Reykjavík)
Amateur / Eldsjäl, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Göteborg Norden – Zeitgenössisches Kunst aus Nordeuropa, Kunsthalle Wien
Interplay, Contemporary Art Museum Oslo Museum of Earth, Warsaw
Árátta, Listasafn Kópavogs, Iceland
In the Mirror of Space and Time, Ásmundarsalur, Reykjavík
Azerty, un abécédaire autour de collections de FRAC Limousin, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Natures Mortes, Galerie Papillon Fiat, Paris Museum of Foreign Art, Riga
00, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam
Dularfulli gardurinn, Asmundarsalur, Reykjavík
Look me in the eyes, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam 1998
Losse werken, rake klappen, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam
Tekeningen, Galerie Maria Chailloux, Amsterdam De Verbouwing, de Verhuizing & de Verandering, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam
Dix ans de création à Marseille, CIRVA, Musée de la Charité, Marseille Maisons- Cerveaux, FRAC, Reims, La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel Landscape, Kjarvalsstadir Mseum, Reykjavík
Maison-Cerveaux, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims Pas pour la galerie, Galerie Camille von Scholz, Brussels
Wanås Exhibition 1994, Knislinge, Sweden
Ijsland – Island, Galerie van den Berge, Goes och Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, Holland Artscape Nordland, Arctic Circle, Norway
Il Paesaggio Culturale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rom
Kunst, Europa 1991, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
Six Logos around the Carpet, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam They see the Light, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam
Ruhrfestspiele, European Workshop, Recklinghausen
The End of the Century, The Arts and Crafts Museum, Moscow
New Nordic Art, The Artists’ Center, Moscow
The Nordic ‘60s, Upheaval and Confrontation, Listasafn Islands, Reykjavík
SUM 1965-1972, Kjarvalsstadir, Reykjavík Borealis 4, Nordiskt Konstcentrum, Helsinki and Louisiana, Humlebaek Galerie Claude Papillion, Paris Suzanne Biederberg Gallery, Amsterdam
Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam
Utopia 89, L’Europe des Createurs, Grand Palais, Paris Many Pearls for a Line, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam —1988
Aldarspegill, Islensk myndlist í eigu safnsins 1900-1987, Listasafn I, Nylistasafnid 10 ára, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík 1986
Nordanad, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö 1984
10 gestir Listahátídar ‘84 á Kjarvalsstödum, Kjarvalsstadir, Reykjavík 1983
ARS 83, Ateneumin Taidemuseo, Helsinki —1982-83
Sleeping Beauty - Art Now, Scandinavia Today, Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Einkaheimar - Personal Worlds, Nylistasafnid, Reykjavík
Aspects de l’art d’aujourdhui 1970-80, Musée d’art et d’histoire photographie, Genéve, Les Genevois collectionment
Elva moderna isländska konstnärer, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö 1978
Personal Worlds - Reality as Metaphor, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Ca va? Ca va, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern Galerie Waalkens, Finsterwolde
H2O, St. Nikolaj Kirke, Copenhagen Driemans-tentoonstelling, t’Hoogt, Utrecht
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, (with Kristjan Gudmundsson and Sigurdur Gudmundsson)
8ème Biennale de Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris
SUM á Listahátíd í Reykjavík 1972, Gallerí SUM, Reykjavik Communications, Galerie Inhibodress, Sydney
SUM IV, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam
SUM III, Gallerí SUM, Reykjavik
UM’67 (Ungir myndlistarmenn), Laugardalshöll, Reykjavik
Den Nordiske Ungdomsbiennale for Bildende Kunst, Louisiana, Humlebaek
SUM I, Asmundarsalur, Reykjavik

Works in Public Collections

Fonds Régional d ‘Art Contemporain (FRAC),
BourgogneFonds Régional d ‘Art Contemporain (FRAC),
Clisson Fonds Régional d ‘Art Contemporain (FRAC),
Limoges Fonds National d ‘Art Contemporain (FNAC),
Paris Liechtensteinische Staatliche Kunstsammlung,
Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Listasafn ASÍ, Reykjavik,
Listasafn Reykjavíkur,
Reykjavik Malmö Konstmuseum,
Malmö Malmö Konsthall,
Malmö Moderna Museet,
Stockholm Museum of Contemporary Art,
Kiasma, Helsinki
Musée National d ‘Art Moderne,
Centre Georges Pompidou,
Paris National Gallery,
Reykjavik Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN),
Amsterdam Netherlands Government Collections,
Haag Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik
Vehbi Koç Foundation, Istanbul

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Hreinn Friðfinnsson is represented by

— Galería Elba Benitez
Madrid, Spain

— Galerie Nordenhake
Berlin, Stockholm, Mexico City

— i8 Gallery
Reykjavik, Iceland

— Meessen De Clercq
Brussels, Belgium