In connection with UMAG's exhibition, Ingenious Iceland – Twentieth Century Icelandic Paintings from the Anthony J. Hardy Collection, co-curator Jóhann Ágúst Hansen will present a brief overview of the rise of visual arts in Iceland, covering the pioneers of Icelandic fine art, the national artist Johannes S. Kjarval and the art scene in Iceland in the 20th century. He will also discuss about the wave of forgeries that hit the art market at the turn of the century, and explain how they were made and introduced at auctions.
Jóhann Ágúst Hansen has a B.S. in Business Administration from Bifröst University with emphasis on the Icelandic art market and investments in visual arts. He studied Chinese Economics and Culture at the College of International Exchange, Shanghai University in 2008. He is the owner of Art Gallery Fold in Reykjavik in Iceland since 1996. He authored 'Is Investing in Icelandic Art an Exciting Option?' after researching on the Icelandic art market and the yield to maturity on art investment. An accomplished photographer, Hansen has held exhibitions of his work which draw inspirations from his travels, the turmoil of nature, and the political turbulence in Iceland in recent years.