Kristján Gudmundsson






It is a pleasure to announce that the Carnagie Art Award 2010, one of the world's biggest art prizes is awarded to KRISTJAN GUDMUNDSSON (born 1941). An unanimous jury has awarded him a first prize "for his exceptional sound-absorbing paintings in which he characteristically combines materials and concept into an artwork filled with content." HM Queen Margrethe will award Gudmundsson with the prize of SEK 1 million in a ceremony at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen on 17 September 2009.

'Drawing', 1986 / 51,5 x 22,5 cm, graphite on cardboard

In November 1985 Galerie Van Gelder started its exhibition program in a space for long-run exhibitions of Art & Project. Two months later KRISTJAN GUDMUNDSSON had his first solo show in the gallery. Galerie Van Gelder introduced together with HREINN FRIDFINNSSON and SIGURDUR GUDMUNDSSON a first generation of Icelandic artists to a wider audience by participating in artfairs like the Stockholm Artfair, the Smart Show and the Basel Artfair.

Amsterdam, 27 May 2009