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Sveinsson, Ásmundur - Reykjavík Art Museum

Art for the People
The sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson lived through some of the most intense times of history; he was born into the poverty of the of an agrarian colony, with most of the population was striving subsistence farming, but when he died Icelanders had become one of the richest nations of the world, and the country had long ago become a republic with active democracy.
During this period the world passed through revolutions, struggles of liberation and world wars; as well as advent of the automobile and the air plane; men broke the sound barrier, began space travel and harnessed nuclear energy. Enormous strides had been made in science and social welfare, not to mention the revolution of form in most areas of art and design. People's reactions to change can broadly speaking be placed in one of two categories: some are wary of change, harbour a grudge against innovations and miss what they replace, while others genuinely embrace progress and believe changes are part of the evolution of man and the betterment of life.

>> Ásmundur Sveinsson 1893 † 1982 Reykjavík

fell into to the latter category: He was a modern man throughout his life, an advocate of technical innovation, reform, equality of man and improved wellbeing for the average citizen, to whom he dedicated his art and work and considered the most worthy criterion for all human pursuits.(20.05.2017 - 31.12.2017) (Text: Reykjavík Art Museum)