By , February 15, 2011

Mom’s Balls

2. – 9. september 2018

A three part exhibition with the works of three generations:
Ágústa Oddsdóttir, Elín Jónsdóttir and Egill Sæbjörnsson.
Curator: Karen Wright

Curatorial Text:

Moms Balls is an exhibition of works by Ágústa Oddsdóttir and her mother the late ElínJónsdóttir. Co-curated by Karen Wright and artist Egill Sæbjörnsson -the artists son and grandson – it will be presented at the family’s old farm Nedri-Hals i Kjos where Ágústa Oddsdóttir lived as a child. The works will be installed as an immersive environment recreating the atmosphere of the family’s home. The title deliberately reflects the struggle of all female artists who required “balls” to pursue their artistic pursuits. Elín Jónsdóttir produced six children with her farming husband but still found time to weave, sew and other channels for expressing her obviously creative mind. Along with many other Icelandic women she was thrifty, recycling clothes and old socks often making new wearable objects or creating floor mats from old socks turning them into both beautiful and utilitarian objects. Nothing escaped, reused Christmas ribbons would be turned into colourful shopping bags. Ágústa, her daughter both carefully preserves her mother’s legacy but also creates her own artworks transforming her family’s old clothing into literally “balls” with surprising aesthetic merit. Like the work of Judith Scott, the important American outsider artist, each ball contains secrets and history relating to their origin.
Ágústa has carefully archived the balls creation, some of the documentation will be presented within the environment. Egill Sæbjörnsson will both help create the installation and will also present an interactive map drawing upon help by his accomplices trolls Ūgh and Bõögâr to attract visitors to the site, and encourage them to leave Reykjavik for the surprising beauty of this landscape and thereby extend the area of art exhibitions from Reykjavik. This area is not far from the capitol but full of poignant history.
It is through the woman who worked at home that crafts were preserved and passed down through generations. Unable to attend art colleges they nurtured the skills passed down through courses on home skills. It is the artists eye of both Elín and Ágústa that has elevated this to a different level. Although the artists in Moms Balls, Elín and Ágústa, have not had museum shows, they warrant attention. It is the freshness of their eye that pulls the attention of the spectator. Their work is compelling and particularly timely at the moment. Recycling, crafts and textiles is attracting attention in institutions at the moment. Moms balls should be seen as a precursor, a teaser for the bigger show Lasso that will take place in 9 different countries, starting in 2019.
Karen Wright
The British-american art critic, Karen Wright, is the curator of the exhibition working closely with Egill Sæbjörnsson. Karen was the owner and editor in chief of the art magazine Modern Painters for 20 years.
The exhibition expands the area of art exhibits beyond Reykjavik but the farm is in a 45 minutes drive from Centre Reykjavik.
Neðri-Háls exhibition part was open 2nd – 9th of September from 12:00 – 18:00. Works by Ágústa Oddsdóttir and Elín Jónsdóttir
The Old City Library exhibition part was open 2nd, 3rd and 4th of September from 12:00 – 14:00
The Hótel Holt exhibition part is open all September 2018 during the Hotel’s Bar opening hours and perhaps longer

Mom’s balls. Exhibition view, Neðri Háls í Kjós. Table with story telling books by Ágústa Oddsdóttir

Pockets by Elín Jónsdóttir. 1963 – 2018

FURTHER IMAGES (please click):

Images from Mom’s Balls



Out of Controll – The Perfume

by Ugh & Boogar
(Egill Sæbjörnsson in collaboration with Geza Schön, the legendary perfumeur)
August – 2018
One of the undertakings of the two imaginary friends of Egill Sæbjörnsson is the making of a perfume. The perfect partner to oversee this was Geza Schön, the author of Eccentric Molecules 01 and who has made scents for a handful of artists such as Sissel Tollas and many others. Egill Sæbjörnsson called up Geza Schön one day and asked if he’d join the adventure with the two 36 meter tall man eating trolls Ugh & Boogar, and a free spirit and an open mind as Geza is, he joined.
The Perfume has been out since a few months but will be pushed into the marked this fall and winter. The first window installation was made for the high profile perfume store Madison in Reykjavik. Below you see images of the installation with a motorised troll arm trying to grab a bottle of Out of Controll perfume but never reaching it. On the wall we see the sentence: I HAVE to HAVE it, a sentence that goes well with the rotating movement of the arm.





Kärahär is a project under the umbrella of projects in Sweden aimed at working with immigrants, unemployed people and others that usually are not in a leading position when it comes to art and culture. In 2017, Egill Sæbjörnsson came up with an idea mainly aimed at working with immigrants and refugees in Sweden. Andreas Brändström, former gallerist and now director of Kristinhamns Konstmuseum, invited Egill to come to Kristinehamn and see if he wanted to approach Kulturrådet in Sweden with a project. They found a local group called Kvinnor tilsammans (Women together) to collaborate and the project has been in operation since the beginning of 2017. It’s aim is to create a cafe and a small production line that after the 3 years period of experimenting someone can take over. The goal is that after the 3 years a lot of people, unemployed, pensioned people, immigrants and asylum seekers will have worked in the project and gotten to know each other and other habitants of Kristinehamn, and that they have created together a café. The aim is to decorate the café with ceramic tiles made by the participants, and that guests will drink and eat from vessels, cups and plates that are personalised and hand made and will tell a story.









Commission of new work; Can Bolders Love. A site specific installation with an abandoned bar, Dolomite rocks, video animation and sound


The Sun and the Rainfall

Galleria Zero, Milano

28.09.2017 – 22.12.2017

Groupshow: Enzo Cucchi, Hubert Duprat, Giuseppe Gabellone, Francesco Gennari, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Elizabeth Jaeger


A new permanent video installation by Egill Sæbjörnsson
at the Robert Koch-Institute, Seestrasse 10, Berlin..

A public installation by Egill Sæbjörnsson has been inaugurated in Berlin, located in front of the brand new laboratory building of the Robert Koch-Institute. The work is a self-generative video installation, consisting of a projection onto a 6.5 meter high concrete construction. The computer animated image source is programmed to infinitely generate images and patterns and therefore has an ever-changing appearance. The projection can be viewed after dark daily.

The piece titled Steinkugel (Stone-sphere) was commissioned by The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR) and the Robert Koch-Institute as a result of a closed competition “Art in Public Space” in 2013 where Sæbjörnsson´s proposal was awarded first prize.




Group Show in Gallerie NORDENHAKE, Stockholm
May 15th – June 19th, 2014

Together with the two painters Math Bass and Paul Cowan, Egill Sæbjörnsson is participating in a group show called “Duck Soup” in Gallerie Nordenhake, Stockholm. The show takes its name from the Marx Brother’s most celebrated film and brings together three artists whose work meets in its graphic iconography, a pop sensibility, humour and playfulness. Sæbjörnsson is participating with the works Stálhillur II from 2012 and Eraser & Ruler from 2010.

Group show with Math Bass (US) and Paul Cowan (US)

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Group Show in HALLE 14 Leipzig
May 3d – July 6th 2014

Egill Sæbjörnsson is currently  participating in an international group show called DOES HUMOR BELONG IN ART ? in HALLE 14, Leipzig. Sæbjörnsson is participating with the piece “The Box” from 2005.


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A new permanent video installation by Egill Sæbjörnsson
on the facade of Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Ahlen – Westfalen.

On the occasion of its 20th birthday, the Ahlen Art Museum is most happy to present a permanent site-specific light art installation by Egill Saebjörnsson. The piece is the result of a closed competition in 2013 where Sæbjörnsson´s proposal was awarded first prize.
The project is part of HELLWEG – ein LICHTWEG and was generously financed by the Art and Culture Programme of the Land North-Rhine Westphalia as well as the Theodor F. Leifeld-Foundation.
The inauguration of the installation took place on April 4th 2014 where the infamous musician Chilly Gonzales played a live concert for museum guests. The installation titled “Cascade” turns the art museum’s arched roof into a fascinating light sculpture after dark daily.


Egill Sæbjörnsson participated in a short group show called GOYS and BIRLS in Kunstakademie Münster. The exhibition evolved around playfulness, ball games, pictures and movement. Sæbjörnsson showed a work from 2004; MR. PIANO AND MRS. PILE

Kunstakademie Münster
Nov 28th – Des 1st 2013

Group show with Bettina Dettmer & Willi Kramer, Ivan Geddert Betsy Flock & Jan Partke, Gisa Pantel, Anne Staab, Benjamin Zuber

Curated by: Clara Napp & Carola Uehlken






Egill Sæbjörnsson participated in this years Northwind Festival, taking place in Dresden, Berlin and Hamburg in November and Desember. NORDWIND Festival is a major platforms for an intercultural dialogue between Germany and the Nordic and Baltic countries with emphasis on performing arts. Sæbjörnsson´s work in the show is Eraser &  Ruler from  2010.

HELLERAU – Europaen Center for the Arts Dresden

Nov 22th – 30th 2013

Solo show






Voorkamer, Artists Initiative for Contemporary Art, Lier (BE)
Oct 13th – Nov 17th 2013

Groupshow with Jesse Cremers (BE)  Stefaan Dheedene (BE) Theo de Feyter (NL) Harmen de Hoop (NL) Andreas Exner (DE) Robert Otto Epstein (US) Benoît Felix (BE) Jerry Galle (BE) John Wood & Paul Harrison (UK) Jin-Kyoung Huh (KR) Indianen (BE) Tim Knowles (UK) Marijn van Kreij (NL) William Lamson (US) Bart Lodewijks (NL) Ane Mette Hol (NO) Tony Orrico (US) Alexandra Roozen (NL) Koen Sels (BE) David Shapiro (US) Helmut Smits (NL) Ante Timmermans (BE) Joris Van de Moortel (BE) Ger van Elk (NL) Kris Vleeschouwer (BE)

Display: Egill Sæbjörnsson

Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen
Oct 5th – Nov 24th 2013

Solo show

8 Ways to Overcome Space and Time

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade
Nov 9th – Dec 23d 2013

Groupshow with Igor Eškinja (CRO) / Karolina Freino (POL) / Agnieszka Kurant (POL) / Nemanja Lađić (SRB) / Klara Lidén (SWE)/ Fiete Stolte (GER) / Stevan Živadinović-Vane Bor (SRB)

Curators: Stefanie Böttcher and Una Popović


Digitally Disturbed

Dansk Arkitectur Center, Copenhagen
October 10th & 11th 2013 at 20:00 – 24:00

Site specific facade installation, video & sound

The Bakery

Event on Torstrasse 111, Berlin
Sept 21st 2013 at 15:00-22:00

The Bakery is a performance, installation and research project initiated by Egill Sæbjörnsson in collaboration with curator Annabelle von Girsewald.



The aim of the project is to learn more about the effect of food in terms of physical, cultural and spiritual diet. The event brings the magical courtyard on Torstrasse to life and invites Berlin artists and creative people, in the broadest sense to make “bread” together. The bread will be made of clay, drawn on paper or whatever ideas people may come up with. The project led by the artists is to be understood as a process-orientated and it is particularly important that there are no guidelines or restrictions. The final result will be presented in the spring of 2014 in the form of a café exhibition where there will be bread or cake to consume, to digest and to purchase.

Participating artists; Rosa Barba (IT) Florian Neufeldt (DE) Libia Castro & Olafur Olafsson (ES, IS)

Opening of Berlin Art Week

Auguststrasse, Berlin
Sept 17th at 19:00

Egill Sæbjörnsson´s live concert with the Woomp Doomp Duo Berlin

1.prize in an invited “art on buildings” competition

Kunstmuseum AHLEN, Germany
August 2013

Under construction, to be finished in February 2014

Site specific facade video projection


In front of  Volksbühne, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin
Friday August 23d  2013  at 20:00


The performance is a part of Thomas Kilpper´s project MEGAfon

30 Artists – 30 Spaces

Kunstverein Nürnberg
Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft

Opening: Friday 16th March 2012
PERFORMANCE by EGILL SÆBJÖRNSSON on the 16th of March at 22:00

17. March – 17. Juni 2012


The Egg or The Hen, Us or Them

Künstlerhaus Bremen
Opening: 22.07.2011, 19:30
22. July – 09. October 2011





Anhava Gallery, Helsinki
3. – 27. 11. 2011
Groupshow, Jenni Eskola, Kari Vehosalo, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Joseph James



3. – 27.11.2011

Recreating the world at the Speechdesk
Johann König, Berlin
Tue 19. Apr 2011


Double World – One World

Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv
28.10. – 2.12.2011
Solo Exhibition

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum Für Gegenwart
Freunde Guter Musik – Music by Artists
Egill Sæbjörnsson & Marcia Moraes
What got You Here, Won’t get You There
Performance installation (2011)

Performance: 21.03.2011 – 22:00

Commissioned and produced by Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e. V. in collaboration with MaerzMusik § Berliner Festspiele and Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin,

funded by Initiative Neue Musik Berlin e. V.

Egill Sæbjörnsson
Hopstreet, Brussels
29 January – 05 March 2011
Solo Exhibition

Selected Artists 201
Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten des Arbeitsstipendiums für Bildende Kunst des Berliner Senats 2010
22 January – 13 February 2011

Group exhibition with Matthias Einhoff, Lars Teichmann, Nezaket Ekici, Karolin Meunier, Heimo Lattner, Ingo Gerken, Maya Bajevic, Egill Saebjörnsson, Amir Fattal, Johannes Paul Raether, Carsten Fock, Stephanie Kloss, Thomas Kilpper, Ulf Aminde and Swantje Hielscher


MMX Open Art Venue
28 January – 19 February 2011

Ralph Ammer, Cecily Brennan, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Andy Holtin, Lancelot Coar & Patrick Harrop, Rebecca Loyche, James Bullough

Sassa Trülzsch
19 November 2010 – 22 January 2011

Solo Exhibition

National Gallery of Iceland
26 of February – 22 of May 2011

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Künstlerhaus Bremen
23 July – 18 September 2011

Solo Exhibition

The Winter Show
i8 Gallery
11 December 2010 – 29 January 2011

Birgir Andrésson, ólafur Elíasson, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Hamish Fulton, Kristjián Gudmundsson, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Elín Hansdóttir, Roni Horn, Kelly Jazvac, Janice Kerbel, Ragnar Kjartansson, Anthony MacCall, Ernesto Neto, Eggert Pétursson, Finnbogi Pétursson, Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Karin Sander, Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Hrafnkell Sigurdsson, Gavin Turk, Ignacio Uriarte, ívar Valgardsson, Thór Vigfússon, Lawrence Weiner.

Räumliche Echos
Pavel Haus
02 October 2010 – 27 November 2010

Egill Sæbjörnsson (IS) & Hrafnkell Sigurðsson (IS)

Curator: Walter Seidl (A) | Project Manager: Elisabeth Arlt

Cornered Rooms / Exit Architecture
Waterside Project Space
2 September 2010 – 17 October 2010

Groupshow with Hreinn Fridfinnsson (IS), Patrick Tuttofuoco (IT/DE), Karim Noureldin (CH), Egill Sæbjörnsson (IS), Anna Ostoya (PL), Damien Roach (UK).
With a seminar led by Stephan Trüby (CH/DE) and a performance by Elisabeth Guthrie (UK).

Curator: Annabelle von Girsewald

Coup de Ville
WRAP – St. Niklaas / Ghent
12 September 2010 – 24 October 2010


Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin
2 July 2010 – 31 August 2010

Groupshow with Franz Ackermann, Pawel Althamer, And Also The Trees, Heike Aumüller, BARarchitekten, Matti Isan Blind, Anna und Bernhard Blume, Brandlhuber+, Björn Braun, Pavel Büchler, Andreas Bunte, Matthew Burbidge, Nina Canell, Franziska Cordes, Björn Dahlem, Discoteca Flaming Star, Sean Edwards, FAT KOEHL, Martin Fletcher, Saul Fletcher, Karsten Födinger, Heiner Franzen, Mathew Hale, Raimund Harmstorf, John Hejduk, Gregor Hildebrandt, Anuschka Hoevener, Sergej Jensen, Stefan Kern, Martin Kippenberger, Harald Klingelhöller, Lachenmann, Ludwig Leo, Sergio Leone, Klara Lidén, Adrian Lohmüller, Lone Haugaard Madsen, Paul McCarthy, Sandra Meisel, Isa Melsheimer, Meuser, Matt Mullican, Ascan Pinckernelle, Julian Rosefeldt, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Michael Sailstorfer, Albrecht Schäfer, Christoph Schlingensief, Albert von Schrenck-Notzing, Armand Schulthess, Andreas Slominski, Sven Temper, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Uzelman, Edgar Varèse, Vinyl Terror & Horror, Johannes Wald, Franz West, Ingrid Wiener, Iannis Xenakis, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Heimo Zobernig.

Curator: John Bock

Basel Art Faire
International Art Faire, Basel
16 June 2010 – 20 June 2010

Solopresentation by Ragnar Kjartansson & Egill Sæbjörnsson.

With i8 gallery, Reykjavik

Egill Sæbjörnsson – Animating Ideas
Kunstverein Göttingen
20 June 2010 – 01 August 2010

Solo show

Curator: Bernd Milla
Release of a music CD as a catalog by Kunstverein Göttingen

Carnegie Art Award
The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, 19 March 2010 – 09 May 2010
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, 21 May 2010 – 1 August 2010
798 Art Space, Beijing, China, 09 September 2010 – 10 October 2010
Royal College of Art, London, 12 November 2010 – 21 November 2010
Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, 03 December 2010 – 30 January 2011
CIAC, Centre International d’Art Contemporain, Carros/Nice, April – May 2011

Kjersti G. Andvig (NO), Anastasia Ax (SE), Tone Kristin Bjordam (NO), Milena Bonifacini,(DK), A K Dolven (NO), Saara Ekström (FI), Mads Gamdrup (DK), Felix Gmelin (SE), Kristján Guðmundsson (IS), Kristina Jansson (SE), Sergej Jensen (DK), Camilla Løw (NO), Jukka Mäkelä (FI), Ylva Ogland (SE), Jorma Puranen (FI), Seppo Renvall (FI), Torben Ribe (DK), Sigrid Sandström (SE), Astrid Sylwan (SE), Egill Sæbjörnsson (IS), Marie Søndergaard Lolk (DK), Marianna Uutinen (FI), Hannu Väisänen (FI).

Gestures – Performance and Sound Art
Museum of Contemporary Art Roskilde, 16 January 2010 – 06 June 2010 798 Art Space, Beijing, China, 09 September 2010 – 10 October 2010

Groupshow with Eric Andersen (DK), John Cage (US), Philip Corner (US) & Ann Nöel (UK), Allan Kaprow (US), Christian Marclay (US), Yoko Ono (JP/US), Akio Suzuki(JP), Henning Christiansen (DK) & Joseph Beuys (D), Brad Downey (US), High Heel Sisters (DK/N/S), Judith Hopf (D), Illutron (DK), Frans Jacobi (DK), Peter Land (DK), Ann Lislegaard (DK), Paul McCarthy (US), Olof Olsson (DK), Egill Sæbjörnsson (IS) & Marcia Moraes (BR), Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (DK), VinylTerror & -Horror (DK) and more…

Egill Sæbjörnsson
Frankfurter Kunstverein
05 February 2010 – 25 April 2010

Solo Show

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