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Translated title of the contribution: The Faroese Nature in art : Before and Today

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The paper discusses contemporary art on the Faroe Islands as well as the term færø-kunst. The term has its roots in Denmark in the 1920s when Faroese artists started going abroad to study. Specifically færø-kunst is expressionistic paintings of the Faroese landscape, and these paintings soon became popular on the Faroe Islands and abroad. In the 1990s there was a break with this traditional subject. The world became more globalized and technological development changed artists’ circumstances. The Faroese art scene became more diverse; three artists who have made a name for themselves are Hansina
Iversen, Rannvá Kunoy and Jóhan Martin Christiansen. Hansina Iversen and Rannvá Kunoy paint non-figurative and abstract paintings, and Jóhan Martin Christiansen creates installations. All three artists have degrees from established art schools and have had several solo exhibitions. Still, when discussing their art færø-kunst as well as questions about their relation to nature haunts them. Prejudice and general knowledge about Faroese art means that people use this knowledge as a foundation when they look at art in a Faroese context.
Translated title of the contributionThe Faroese Nature in art : Before and Today
Original languageFaroese
Title of host publicationFrændafundur 9
Subtitle of host publicationFyrirlestrar frá íslensk-færeyskri ráðstefnu í Reykjavík 26.–28. ágúst 2016
Place of PublicationReykjavík
PublisherHugvísindastofnun Háskóla Íslands
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-9935-9073-9-4
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2019

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ISSN (Print)0365-6772


  • art
  • nature
  • Faroe Islands
  • Faroese art of painting


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