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Exhibition | Museum for Applied Art Frankfurt

On the occasion of the Frankfurt Book Fair, whose 2011 guest of honour is Iceland, the Museum fur Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt will present the exhibition " On the Cutting Edge: Design in Iceland" with approximately 100 objects from all areas of design.

In view of the country´s population of a mere 320,000 and the rudimentary level of its industry, an exhibition on Icelandic design might initially come as a surprise. The design scene in Iceland however, is extremely lively and variegated, placing a major emphasis in the area of fashion, but also generating exceptional product ideas and highly individual communication design.

The Icelandic landscape itself already provides an impressive model. Changes of light bathe the volcanic island on the northernmost edge of Europe in every nuance of colour from white, violet and grenn to brown and black, accompanied by the often milky blue hue of lakes. This scenery, complete with the tectonic surface structures of the terrain, undoubtedly makes itself felt in the various design approaches and concepts.

What is more, however, the objects also reveal a singular literary quality, owing to the fact that - for many centuries and right up to the present - Icelandic literature with its saga tradition has represented the epicentre of the country´s culture. In the strongly Protestant land, functionality has thus merged with a form of narration as mythical as it is fictional. Iceland, which has only been an independent country since 1944, is located on the margins of Europe, but you would never know it walking down the streets of Reykjavík. Just in the past few years, the new media as well as the great mobility of the Icelandic designers have led to entirely new design and market constellations.

The exhibition will be staged in cooperation with " Sagnehaftes Island / Fabulous Iceland", the guest of honour at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair.

The exhibition “Randscharf | On the Cutting Edge | Design in Island | Iceland" features roughly 100 exhibitors from all areas of design, including:

Anna Thórunn Hauksdóttir, Arndís Jóhannsdóttir, ásta créative clothes (Ásta Guðmundsdóttir), Aurum (Guðbjörg Kristín Ingvarsdóttir), Barbara í Gongini, Berglind Snorra, Birgir Már Sigurðsson, Bobby Breiðholt (Björn Thor Björnsson), Bryndís Bolladóttir, Brynhildur Pálsdóttir, Brynjar Sigurðarson, Cintamani (Steinunn Sigurðardóttir), Daníel Þorkell Magnússon, Dögg Design (Dögg Guðmundsdóttir), Dóri Andrésson, Eyþór Páll Eyþórsson, Erla Sólveig Óskarsdóttir, Friðgerður Guðmundsdóttir, Goddur (Guðmundur Oddur Magnússon), Guðný Hafsteinsdóttir, Guðrún Lilja Gunnlaugsdóttir, Gunni Þorvalds, HAF by Hafsteinn Júlíusson, Heimir Héðinsson, Hlynur V. Atlason, Hörður Lárusson, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir aka Shoplifter, HRING EFTIR HRING (SteinunnVala Sigfúsdóttir), Hulda Eðvaldsdóttir, IHANNA (Ingibjörg Hanna Bjarnadóttir), Jónas Valtýsson, Kristín Birna Bjarnadóttir, Mundi (Guðmundur Hallgrímsson), Óðinn Bolli Björgvinsson, Ólöf Jakobína Ernudóttir, Ragnar Freyr, Ratdesign (Ragnheiður Tryggvadóttir), rosarosa (Rósa Hrund Kristjánsdóttir), Rut Ingólfsdóttir, Scintilla (Linda Björg Árnadóttir), Sig Vicious (Siggeir Hafsteinsson), Siggi Eggertsson, Siggi Odds, Sigurður Már Helgason, Spaksmannsspjarir, Sruli Recht, Stefán Pétur Sólveigarson, STEiNUNN (Steinunn Sigurðardóttir), Studio Bjöss (Jón Björnsson), stúdíó subba (Kirstín Sigfríður Garðarsdóttir), Sveinn Davíðsson, The North South (André ÚlfurVisage & RagnarVisage Sigrúnarson), Thórarinn Leifsson, Tinna Gunnarsdóttir, Tuesday project (Guðrún Lilja Gunnlaugsdóttir, Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir & Tinna Gunnarsdóttir), Vík Prjónsdóttir (Brynhildur Pálsdóttir, Guðfinna Mjöll Magnúsdóttir & Þuríður Rós Sigurþórsdóttir), Vakna Design (Kristrún Hjartar aka Krissa) and as special guest: Barbara í Gongini.

Curators: Dr. Klaus Klemp, Matthias Wagner K

September 22, 2011 - February 19, 2012.


Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt

Schaumainkai 17

60594 Frankfurt/Main