Sigurður Guðmundsson: Nýló reading club



The text can be found here.

Artist and honorary member of The Living Art Museum, Sigurður Guðmundsson will lead a reading night at the museum as part of The Living Art Museum’s reading club. Gudmundsson will introduce and lead a conversation on the text, which can be found in the festival’s program and on the website of Sequences.

The Living Art Museum’s Reading Club was established in 2018 as a platform for artists to come together and discuss the broad spectrum of the visual arts. Occasional meetings are held during the wintertime at the Living Art museum at The Marshall House, where a pre-assigned text, chosen by the host of the event, is further discussed. The reading club’s goal is to provide a thriving platform for discussion on art making, offering inspiration for works in the making.

Sigurður Guðmundsson (b. 1942) studied in Iceland in 1960-63 and then moved to Holland for further studies. He lives and works in Djúpivogur, Reykjavík, Amsterdam and Xiamen in China. Many, large sculptures by him can be found in public spaces in the Nordic Countries and Central Europe. Sigurður has won many competitions, including a competition for an outdoor artwork by the Children’s Hospital, and for outdoor artwork to mark the turn of the century in Reykjavík.

When asked about the ideas behind his works, he answers: “There is no idea behind the artwork – I try not to work with ideas.” However, his career is based on conceptual art, with focus on language, ideas and concepts. He used various media; photos, sculpture, drawings, graphic art and performances, and has also composed music and written books.