Hreinn Fri∂finnsson

Cornered Rooms

Born 1943 in Iceland, lives and works in Amsterdam

Fridfinnsson has been at the forefront of the development of conceptual art not only in Iceland, but also in Europe, influencing generations of artists since the 1970s. His work is celebrated for its lyricism and stark poetry that transcends the often-commonplace subjects and materials that he uses. Fridfinnsson presents found objects with which he interferes to a minimal extent, often creating new works that investigate the ideas of the self and of time. Although there is a consistency of theme and a common emotional thread to his art, the media that Fridfinnsson employs are remarkably varied in scale and substance, from photography, drawings and tracings to presentations and installations of sound, texts and ready-mades.

In London, Fridfinnsson exhibited in a solo-show at the Serpentine Gallery in 2007, and has represented Iceland at the 45th Venice Biennale. He has also exhibited at the National Gallery of Iceland, the ICA, Amsterdam, Kunsthalle Wien, and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.


Hreinn Fri∂finnsson, Floor Piece, 1992-2007
cardboard box, paper, dimensions variable
Collection of Petur Arason and Ragna Robertsdotti