Halldór Björn Runólfsson

Art-historian Halldór Björn Runólfsson is a veteran curator and a popular lecturer. He has also written extensively on contmeporary art.

Halldór Björn Runólfsson is director of the Depatment of Art History in the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts. In addition to teaching, Runólfsson has been active as a curator and as a writer and lecturer, both in Iceland and internationally. From 1989 to 1992 he was chief curator of the Nordic Art Centre in Sweaborg, Helsinki.

Following studies at the Icelandic School of Arts and Crafts he went to Toulouse and on to Paris where he studied at the Panthéon Sorbonne, achieving a DEA.


Material Archive
Right Image, Skewed Image
Jón Óskar’s exhibition One Hundred Portraits consisted of images scanned directly from face to computer. Art historian Halldór Björn Runólfsson wrote the catalogue, speaking from experience as his was one of the scanned faces.
Jón Óskar in Gallery Laang
Art historian Halldór Björn Runólfsson wonders at Jón Óskar’s transformation as he abandons portraits in favour of patterend surfaces.
The Poet of The City
Art historian Halldór Björn Runólfsson examines the work of Jón Óskar in 1989 and describes him as ‘a modern Baudelaire, he is a flaneur who observes his fellow-men, his semblables’.
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