40 exhibitions in 40 days by Ađalheiđur S. Eysteinsdóttir,
23. of june to the 1. of august 2003.
About the project 40 exhibitions in 40 days.
On june 23rd, 2003 I will turn forty. Possibly I´ll bathe naked in the morning
dew to ensure good health in the coming year, for it is midsummernight. I like
celibrating my birthday in some way. The last four years I have painted
birthdayseries on newspapersheets, including as many pictures as the years
count. Last year I got my children to work with me, this year I´ll expand the
concept and have forty exhibitions on my own work, instead of forty pieces, as
widely spread around the world as possible. The participation of others is a
key-element in the works, exhibitions and gathering of information. The process
is really a chain-reacting thing: I contact my friends and family, they contact
their friends and family, and many people end up contacting me with offers to
help. The exhibitions are of all shapes and sizes, some in private homes,
outside, in galleries and museums. One exhibition will open every day from the
23rd of june to the 1st of august, some exhibitions lasting longer than that. A
birthdayparty will be held in every place and the locals will enjoy my works
instead of me. In my mind I travel to distant places and get to know all the
lovely people that has made me welcome. Some will let me return the favour by
having an exhibition in Kompan, a gallery I run here in Akureyri, and so become
real. Others will remain a wishful thought for now. I owe them all my gratitude.
For a few years, I have done series of works related to my birthday,
each year finishing the same number of works as my birthday stands for. For
example, last year I did thirty nine pieces and thirty eight the year before.
This year I have decided to put up forty exhibitions around the world with as
many people participating as possible. The first opening will be on my birthday
and the last therefore on the 1st of August 2003. The exhibitions will be of all
shapes and sizes, in galleries or peoples homes, and stands for as long as the
exhibitions host sees fit. The host would have to make all local arrangements
him- or herself and I would ask him or her to take pictures at the opening and
send to me.
When the project is over it will be put in print and all its information made
accessible in a book.
These are the dates that have already been listed and I would ask you to choose
any of the ones who are left to host my show.
23.june. “Midsummernight” sculptureexhibition, Kjarnaskógi, Akureyri, Iceland.
24. june. Sophie Roube, Yaurines, France.
25.june. Gránuhúsiđ. Safnarahús Siglufirđi, Iceland.
26. june Kunsthallen I Wenesborg, Sweden.
27.june. Safnasafn (folkartmuseum) Svalbarđsströnd, Iceland.
28. june. Boekie Woekie Bernenstraat 16. Amsterdam, Holland.
29.june. Gallery xie xie, Xiamen, China.
30. june. 5117 Rose Avenue N.E. Bainbridge Is. W.A. 98110.
1.july. Sculpturesquare, Singapor
2.july. Autogallery Maastricht, Holland.
3.july. Hornbjarg lighthouse, Iceland.
4. july. Videoart, Akureyri, Iceland.
5.july. Slunkaríki, Ísafjörđur, Iceland
6.july. Happening in the center of R.V.K. Iceland.
7. july. Sculptureexhibition Akureyri, Iceland.
8. july. Walvesbay, Namebia, Africa.
9 july. Postoffice, Eiđi, The Faeroerne Islands.
10. july.Internet exhibition.
11.july. Kristján Steingrímur Jónsson, Seltjarnarnes, Iceland.
12.july. Gallerý Sćvars Karls, R.V.K. Iceland.
13.july. Nordic heritage museum in Seattle, USA.
14. july. Hrísey, Iceland
15.july. Johann Nowak, Berlin, Germany
16. july. Libarery,Herning, Denmark
17. july. A Gallery exhibition, Köpingebro, Sweden.
18. july. ash gallerí, Varmahlíđ,Iceland.
19.july. Skaftfell menningarmiđstöđ, Seyđisfirđi, Iceland.
20.july. Message in a bottle, open sea.
21. july Salon Reykjavík, Árhus.
22. july. Café,Tromsö, Norwey.
23.july. Laufey Vilhjálmsdóttir, New Jersey, U.s.a.
24.july. Café Impremerie, Basel, Sviss.
25. july. Gallerie de Aanschouw, Rotterdam, Netherland.
26. july. Hotelli URKU,Kankasala, Finland.
27.july. Catrin Howell, Carms, SA445JF, Wails, U.K.
28.july. Gallerí Sól, Grímsey.
29. july. Pakkhús, Ólafsvík Iceland.
30.july. Mokkakaffi, Reykjarvík, Iceland.
31.july. Holmestrand, Norway
1. august. Final exhibition in Ađalheiđur´s studio, Kaupvangsstrćti 23.