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"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Baer Dölum (Iceland) in 1943, he lives and works in Amsterdam.

Hreinn Fridfinnsson is a sculptor, photographer and conceptual artist who is most famous for his installations, which often include sound, texts and found objects. His poetical works are influenced both by the landscapes of his home country and by conceptual artists like Marcel Duchamp. Fridfinnsson was a key figure in the Icelandic avant-garde movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Some of his most famous works include gates for the South Wind, which he installed on the southern coast of Iceland, and his “inside-out” house, built on the outskirts of Reykjavik. The artist is a great source of inspiration for the Danish-Icelandic installation artist Olafur Eliasson, who wrote: “If I were a language, I would like to be the one spoken by Hreinn’s works.”