Throughout his career, Kristján Gudmundsson has taken the most basic mechanical and material elements of drawing to their limits and, in the process, has challenged our underlying assumptions about what makes a “drawing”. Thereby, Guðmundsson creates artworks that capture the moment where concept collides with reality.


Kristján Guðmundsson (b. 1941, Iceland) lives and works in Reykjavik. He has exhibited widely in Europe and the United States, including recent exhibitions at Scandinavian House, New York, USA (2019); Rappaz Museum, Basel, Switzerland (2015); Safn, Berlin, Germany (2014); Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2012); MOCA, Los Angeles, USA (2012); Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, USA (2010); National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik (2009); and the Reykjavik Art Museum (2001).  

Public Exhibitions

b. 1941 on Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Lives and works in Reykjavik





Mostly Drawings, i8 Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland



Olympic Drawings, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland



Rappaz Museum, Basel, Switzerland

i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland 

Marc Straus, New York, USA



Tourist Poems & Olympic Drawings, Gallery Gamma, Reykjavík, Iceland

Exhibition Seconds, Skúrinn, Reykjavik, Iceland

Faster and Slower and Cause and Consequence (including works by Donald Judd), Safn, Berlin, Germany



Dessins & Dessins Olympiques, Galerie Martine Thibault de la Châtre, Paris, France



i8 Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland

Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands



Paintings in Grey and White Frames, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland

Paintings and Drawings, Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway

Galleri Andersson Sandström, Umeå, Sweden

Paintings in Grey and White, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California, USA

Kristján Gudmundsson, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA, USA



National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland



Drawings I-XV & Other Works, Safn, Reykjavik, Iceland

Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland



Blue Transmission, Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway



New Works, Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umeå, Sweden



Architecture, i8 Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland

New Works, Listasafn Árnesinga, Hveragerdi, Iceland

Drawings, Sleeper Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland



Slunkaríki, Ísafjördur, Iceland

AP Galerie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Kompan, Akureyri, Iceland



Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany

Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway



Reykjavik Art Museum - Kjarvalsstadir, Reykjavik, Iceland





Experiments in Concretism, EMMA, Espoo, Finland 



hvað var - hvað er  - hvað verður? ARS LONGA, Djúpivogur, Iceland

A Line has Time in it - Revision, Persons Project, Berlin, Germany 



Sea Lava Circle: Works from the Pétur Arason and Ragna Róbertsdóttir Collection, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik 

Are you glad if you can ask something?, LÁ Art Museum, Hveragerði, Iceland



Rúllandi snjóbolti / 12, Djúpivogur, Iceland 

Really, Sequences IX, Kling & Bang, Reykjavik, Iceland

Cutting Edges: Nordic Concrete Art from the Erling Neby Collection, Scandinavian House, New York, USA


Rolling Snowball/9, Djúpivogur, Iceland

2017 1hv (w/ Örn Alexander Ámundason), Reykjavik, Iceland

Literally – Concrete Poetry in Iceland from 1957 to the Present Day, Hafnarborg, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland



TEXT, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland



Selected Portraits from the Collection of the National Gallery of Iceland – From the Rustic to the Selfie, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland



Rolling Snowball 5, Djúpivogur, Iceland

Franz Graf: See What Sees You, The Belevedere, Vienna, Austria

DRAWN, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany

Your Compound View – Selection from the collection from 1970-2010, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland



Works on Paper, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland

Embracing Impermanence, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

B.A.B.E. – The Best Artist Books and Editions, Immanence – Espace d’art Contemporain, Paris, France

Elemental, Boden Arts Center, Boden, Sweden



Hangman´s Rock – The Delirium of Vision, Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstadir, Reykjavík, Iceland

Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974, MOCA Los Angeles, USA; Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

Explorateurs, Musée de l'Abbaye Sainte‐Croix des Sables d'Olonne, France

Minning um Myndlist, ASÍ Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

To Make a Show It Takes A Thought and More than One Word, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway



Arbeiten Aus dem Bleistiftgebiet, Van Horn, Düsseldorf, Germany (curated by Gregor Hildebrandt)

Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy, Reykjavik Art Museum – Hafnarhus, Iceland

A for Artist / E for Exhibitions, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

TEXT, Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin, Germany

Faster and Slower Lines - From the Collection of Pétur Arason and Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

Kind Of Nice, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland

The Erling Neby Collection, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden, Norway

Rolling snowball, Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen, China



Winter Show, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland

straumur / burðarás, Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri, Iceland

Carnegie Art Award, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland; The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway; 798 Art Space, Beijing, China, Royal College of Art, London, UK; Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland; Centre International d´Art Contemporain, Carros/Nice, France

Abstract, Almost Abstract II, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Starter Works from the Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Arter ‐ Space for Art, Istanbul, Turkey



Carnegie Art Award 2010, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

Central Periphery, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (curated by Alan Johnston)

Latte in Watte, Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway

In Deep Water, Hafnarborg, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

Islands & Ghettos, Über territoriale Segregation in Städten des 21. Jahrhundert, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin, Germany; NGBK / Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany

Several Friends, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland



Ad Absurdum - Energies of the Absurd From Modernity to Contemporary Art, Marta Herford, Germany

Dreams of the Sublime and Nowhere, Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstadir, Reykjavik, Iceland  

Icelandic Art, with Thor Vigfusson, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, USA

Islands & Ghettos, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany

No TV on Thursdays, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Lika för lika, Gävle Konstcentrum, Gävle, Sweden



Drawing A Tiger, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany  

Colour First, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Im Fluss, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany

Gjensyn og fremtiden (Future Revisited), Vigeland museet, Oslo, Norway



In Between - from the collection, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sweden

Regarding facts, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Næsti bar, with Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Reykjavik, Iceland (curated by Ólafur Ó. Lárusson)



Material Time, Life Time, Work Time, Reykjavík Arts Festival, Gerðarsafn - Kópavogur Art Museum, Iceland

Skyndikynni, Reykjavíkurakademían, Reykjavík, Iceland

Winterly Cold, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Touché, Galerie Michael Sturm, Stuttgart, Germany



Sea and Music, Xiamen, China

Meistarar Formsins, Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri, Iceland



BLUE, Place Arte Contemporanea, Cavagnolo, Italy

D.R.A., Álafoss, Mosfellsbær, Iceland

Carnegie Award, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK




Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium

City of Espoo, Finland

B.K.R., Amsterdam, The Netherlands

National Gallery of Iceland

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Städisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany

Safn, Reykjavik, Iceland

Saastamoinen Foundation, Helsinki, Finland

Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland

The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden

Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Puteaux, France

Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway

Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Skjerstad Kommune, Norway

Frankel Foundation, Michigan, USA

Art Fairs