NOBA Nordic Baltic contemporary art platform

Ragnar Kjartansson (b. 1975, Reykjavik, Iceland) creates art that revolves around the themes of Nordic identity, melancholia and pop culture. A graduate from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts, he also studied at the Royal Academy in Stockholm. Kjartansson is a member of the Icelandic rock band Trabant.

Ragnar Kjartansson‘s The Visitors was shot at the magnificent old Rokeby estate near New York. The performance of the musician in each individual video was recorded separately, but in the gallery the nine takes merge into a single impressive performance.

The musical experience is a celebration of creativity, community and friendship, and is named after ABBA’s last album. An exploration of separation, the lyrics are based on a poem by Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir. The music is by Ragnar Kjartansson and Davíð Þór Jónsson.

The Visitors is part of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) collection in Austria.

Gallery name: Kiasma

Address: Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki

Opening hours: Tue, Sat 10:00 - 18:00, Wed-Fri 10:00 - 20:30, Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Open: 11.10.2019 - 02.02.2020