Hreinn Friðfinnsson: Serpentine Galleries, London, UK

17 July - 2 September 2007 

Hreinn Fridfinnsson is one of Iceland’s leading conceptual artists. His work is celebrated for its lyricism and stark poetry that transcends the often-commonplace subjects and materials that the artist uses to create his pieces.


Although there is a consistency of theme and a common emotional thread to Fridfinnsson’s art, the media that he employs are remarkably varied in scale and substance, from photography, drawings and tracings, to presentations and installations of sound, texts and ready-mades.


Fridfinnnsson often presents found objects with which he interferes as little as possible, creating new works that investigate ideas of the self and of time. He has said that: “Notions of time are always compelling. I read what comes my way about physics and mathematics, but I read as one who is uninitiated. The feeling and the interest in the essence of time is serious, but my dealing with time is not knowledge-based; it is more exploratory and feeling-based.”


Born in 1943 in Baer Dölum, Iceland, Fridfinnsson gained prominence as a leading figure on the Icelandic avant-garde after founding the group SÚM with three other artists in Reykjavik in 1965. Fridfinnsson moved to Amsterdam in the early 1970s and has been living and working there ever since.