Advice to the Young
”Be generous with your time. It always pays.”
Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson shares his advice for the younger generation of young artists – advice he still practices. Read more …
“Dive yourself into the scene.” For Ragnar Kjartansson, engaging in your local art community is essential. From being a younger artist himself until now, he still volunteers in local artist-run spaces. “Art becomes this thing that we are all seeking together,” he says and continues: “I think basically the road to a happy life in art is just never to stop reaching for exciting things with other artists. And create a scene.”
Ragnar Kjartansson (b. 1976) is an Icelandic artist whose work ranges from paintings and drawings to videos, music, and performance. He graduated from the Iceland Academy of Art and the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm. Kjartansson represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale in 2009, in which he participated again in 2013. Major solo shows include exhibitions at De Pont Museum, Tilburg; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Barbican Centre, London; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Park, Washington D.C.; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich; among others. Ragnar Kjartansson received the 2019 Ars Fennecs Award and received the 2015 Artes Mundi’s Derek Williams Trust Purchase Award. In June 2023, he opened his solo exhibition, Epic Waste of Love and Understanding, at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark.
Ragnar Kjartansson was interviewed by Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen in his studio in Reykjavik, Iceland, in May 2023.
Camera: Simon Wehye
Edited and produced by Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2023
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