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PREFAB / FORSMÍÐ Prefabricated houses and artistic expression from one century to another

Skaftfell Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of its autumn exhibition:


Prefabricated houses and artistic expression from one century to another

Skaftfell gallery, Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Austurvegur 42, Seyðisfjörður 

Curator: Guja Dögg Hauksdóttir

Opening: September 26, 2020, 14:00-18:00. Light refreshments and short guided tours will be offered throughout the afternoon.

Due to Covid regulations and the nature of the exhibition only 25 people can be in the gallery at the same time, but to accommodate everyone we have expanded the opening time across the afternoon. We kindly ask visitors to keep a 1m distance from each other and to sprit their hands before entering the gallery.

The exhibition will be on view from September 26 to December 20, 2020. 

Opening times: Wed - Sat 12:00 - 16:00. Closed Sun - Tue.

Prefabricated architecture, that is buildings constructed in a factory and transported to be assembled on-site, has been fundamental to the development of the urban fabric of Seyðisfjörður. The exhibition PREFAB / FORSMÍÐ will consider three examples of European prefabricated housing as a means to reflect on the ways in which architecture determines how we live, and to invite reflection on what types of prefabricated housing is suitable for the future. 

The three examples of prefabricated houses are from the 1800s to the present day. Each one approaches architecture in a different way. The first example is one of the timber catalogue houses from the late 1800s which were constructed in factories in Norway, dismantled and then re-built in Seyðisfjörður. The second is the 1951 holiday cabin, which the modernist architect Le Corbusier (1887-1965) designed for himself. It was built by a carpentry firm in Corsica and transported to its site at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Cote-d’azure, France. The third project is the Nest system by the Oslo based contemporary practice Rintala Eggertsson Architects, founded by Sami Rintala and Dagur Eggertsson. Nest was developed in 2016 with a view to the migrant crisis and to explore the possibility of providing quality housing to families and individuals in the most dire situation.

To emphasize the aesthetic approach on the matter, the architecture installations will be put into atmospheric dialog with new artwork by three contemporary artists: Waterwork (Vatnaverk, 2020) by María Sjöfn Dupuis Davíðsdóttir, My hand, your hand (2019) by Ingunn Fjóla Ingþórsdóttir, and Sparkle (Glit, 2020) by Arnór Kári Egilsson.   

In connection with the exhibition, Skaftfell and Guja Dögg have developed an art education project for primary school and high school students in East Iceland. The program is part of BRAS (Children’s Culture Festival) and List fyrir alla (Art for all).

For further information please contact: (Hanna Christel), (Guja Dögg)


Towns & Villages

Each town in Austurland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages t, the influence of North European neighbors obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is the latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur