Galleri Riis

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.


  1. 2016Olympic Drawings, Kristján Gudmundsson, Galleri Anhava, Helsinki, Finland
  2. 2015Kristján Gudmundsson, Marc Straus, New York, USA
  3. 2014Faster and Slower and Cause and Consequence (including works by Donald Judd), Safn, Berlin, Germany
  4. 2014Exhibition Seconds, Skúrinn, Reykjavík, Iceland
  5. 2013Dessins & Dessins Olympiques, Galerie Martine Thibault de la Châtre, Paris, France
  6. 2011i8 Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland
  7. 2011Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam
  8. 2010Paintings and drawings, Galleri Riis, Oslo, Norway
  9. 2010Paintings in Grey and White, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California, USA
  10. 2009Listasafn Íslands, Reykjavík, Iceland
  11. 2006Blue Transmission, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  12. 2002Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
  13. 2001Kjarvalsstadir, Municipal Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
  14. 1999Galleri i8, Reykjavik, Iceland
  15. 1998Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland
  16. 1996Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umeå, Sweden
  17. 1993Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  18. 1989Teikningar/drawings 1972-88, Kjarvalsstadir, Reykjavik, Iceland
  19. 1988Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
  20. 1975Paleis voor Schone kunst, Brussel, Belgium
  21. 1974IN-OUT-CENTER, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  22. 1973Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  23. 1972Galerie Balderich, Mönchengladbach, Germany
  24. 1970Galleri SÚM, Reykjavík, Iceland
  25. 1968Mokka, Reykjavík, Iceland


  • Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
  • Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium
  • National 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