Exhibition Details

Location: Anderman, Marcus, and Marley Galleries
Dates: November 3, 2018
to April 14, 2019

Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain & Other Myths triggers multi-sensory aspects of the Icelandic artist's practice through text, painting, performance, and song. This focused exhibition will enlighten visitors to recurring themes in Kjartansson’s work such as identity, melancholia, repetition, and popular culture. Referencing everything from Edvard Munch to the musical super group ABBA, Scandinavian Pain and Other Myths will introduce Phoenix audiences to one of the most creative and engaging contemporary artists working today.
Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain & Other Myths is made possible through the generosity of The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation. The exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and curated by Gilbert Vicario, the Selig Family Chief Curator.


First Friday

First Friday of each month |  6 – 10 pm

Dates: November 2, 2018; December 7, 2018; January 4, 2019; February 1, 2019; March 1, 2019; April 5, 2019.

Discount Tire Free Family Sunday

Second Sunday of each month  |   noon – 5 pm

See Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain and Other Myths during voluntary-donation hours on the second Sunday of each month! Guests will also enjoy activities, live performances, free tours, and more. Please see event for details.

Film Series

Explore Scandinavia through music and landscape in this four-part film series inspired by Scandinavian Pain & Other MythsFree for Members and included with General Admission for non-Members. Available at tickets.phxart.org.

We Call it Skweee
December 19, 2018  |  6–7 pm

Arctic Superstar
January 9, 2019  |  6–7:30 pm 

Faro Document
February 27, 2019  |  6–7:30 pm 

Through a Glass Darkly

March 27, 2019  |  6–7:30 pm


Free for Museum Members, Militaryand youth aged 5 and under.

General Admission:
$23 — Adults
$20 — Senior Citizens (Ages 65+)
$18 — Students (with ID) 

— Children (Ages 6-17)

All exhibitions are included with General Admission. 


Interested in coming as a group? For group sales information, click here. 


Media images and credit lines: Download here
Press Release: Download here
Media Contact: Margaree Bigler, Public Relations Manager, margaree.bigler@phxart.org


Ragnar Kjartansson, Scandinavian Pain, 2006-2012. Neon. Installation view at Phoenix Art Museum. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik. 

Ragnar Kjartansson, The Visitors, 2012. Nine-channel video. Restricted gift of the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation to Phoenix Art Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. © 2012, Ragnar Kjartansson. All rights reserved.