Abrakadabra – The Magic of Contemporary Art
October 30, 2021 - March 20, 2022
In this diverse exhibition, new works by contemporary artists are presented especially with children and young people in mind. The works are all in the collection of the Reykjavík Art Museum. Presentation, mediation and education aims to open up the world of art as it appears today for younger audiences. Along with the exhibition, there is a rich program as well as digital dissemination. “Abrakadabra” is a word deriving from ancient languages that means: What I say becomes a reality. This is a magic word that describes how artists’ ideas become works of art.
The Reykjavík Art Museum’s collection houses a large number of works of art, with about seventeen thousand registered works and sketches of various kinds. When acquiring works of art into the collection, a choice is made that reflects the diversity of artistic creation at any given time. The exhibition Abrakadabra aims to share the main elements that are found in the creative field of today. What characterizes today’s art? What are the artists’ subjects, methods, materials and challenges?