press release

Kiasma presents the major work of acclaimed Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson (1976 Reykjavik). His installation The Visitors is a celebration of creativity, community and friendship. The work transforms the gallery into a poignant and total musical experience.

The Visitors (2012) is a nine-channel video installation featuring the artist and his friends singing and playing music in an old American mansion. The score was composed by Kjartansson in collaboration with Davíð ÞórJónsson. For Kjartansson, making music together with friends was the key point of this project. All nine videos are portraits of the artist’s close friends, but the work also deals with his divorce and a sense of ending. At the end of the video, the musicians step out of the mansion and walk onto the lawn together with the mansion’s real residents.

The Visitors is part of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) collection.