Culture Night opens with the unveiling of a sculpture by Rafael Barrios

RE Reykjavík

Reykjavík Culture Night 2013 will be officially launched on 24 August at 12.30 p.m. with the unveiling of a sculpture by the American artist Rafael Barrios at Höfðatún. The Mayor of Reykjavík, Jón Gnarr will unveil the work, Obtusa.


Last winter nine sculptures by Barrios were exhibited along a Park Avenue, New York attracting great attention and admiration. The location of the Obtusa in Reykjavík has been chosen so that people can walk around the sculpture and observing how the shapes of this 4 m tall three-dimensional sculpture change from different viewpoints.


Rafael Barrios (b. 1947) is internationally recognized for his art. Many art collections around the works own works by Barrios, such as the Caracas Contemporary Art Museum in Venezuela, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada, and the Museum of Outdoor Sculpture of Alcalá de Henarés, Spain.


Hafþór Yngvason, Director of the Reykjavík Art Museum: “I am very happy that the public in this country should have the opportunity to enjoy this sculpture by Rafael Barrios. Obtusa works well in its location by Höfðatorg, and it is readily accessible. I hope that it will receive the same attention and admiration in Reykjavík as it did in New York last year.”


After the ceremony, Reykjavík Art Museum invites guests to participate in a guided art tour along Sæbraut with Heiðar Kári Rannversson project manager.


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