Kristjan Gudmundsson

Kristjan Gudmundsson (b. 1941) lives and works in Reykjavik. He is one of the leading figures in the Icelandic generation who in the early 1970s, was active in the international conceptual art movement. Important in Gudmundsson´s oevre is his exploration of the essence of drawing, including the super sonic drawings of the 1970s, made by firing pistol shots along sheets of paper. In later years the drawings have taken the shape of three-dimensional sculptures, consisting of the essential elements of drawings – graphite and paper. Gudmundsson has practiced his poetic conceptualism within a series of artistic expressions, such as performance, installations, objects and drawings.

Selected works


Born 1941 in Reykjavík, Iceland
Lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland


2020 Mostly Drawings, i8 Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland
2016 Olympic Drawings, Kristján Gudmundsson, Galleri Anhava, Helsinki, Finland
2015 Kristján Gudmundsson, Marc Straus, New York, USA
2014 Faster and Slower and Cause and Consequence (including works by Donald Judd), Safn, Berlin, Germany
2014 Exhibition Seconds, Skúrinn, Reykjavík, Iceland
2013 Dessins & Dessins Olympiques, Galerie Martine Thibault de la Châtre, Paris, France
2011 i8 Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland2011Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam
2010 Paintings and drawings, Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway
2010 Paintings in Grey and White, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California, USA
2009 Listasafn Íslands, Reykjavík, Iceland
2006 Blue Transmission, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2002 Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
2001 Kjarvalsstadir, Municipal Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
1999 Galleri i8, Reykjavik, Iceland
1998 Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland
1996 Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umeå, Sweden
1993 Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1989 Teikningar/drawings 1972-88, Kjarvalsstadir, Reykjavik, Iceland
1988 Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
1975 Paleis voor Schone kunst, Brussel, Belgium
1974 IN-OUT-CENTER, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1973 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1972 Galerie Balderich, Mönchengladbach, Germany
1970 Galleri SÚM, Reykjavík, Iceland
1968 Mokka, Reykjavík, Iceland

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, BelgiumNational Gallery of Iceland
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Stadisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Puteaux, France
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands