Exhibition Details

Location: Katz Wing, Main Level
Dates: November 3, 2018
to April 14, 2019

Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain and 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 Nordic 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 and 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 Exhibition Preview

November 2  |  6 – 10 pm

Be one of the first to experience Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain and Other Myths during First Friday! This is a free event open during voluntary-donation hours. Please see event for details.

The pARTy in the Garden

November 3  |  6:30 pm

This exclusive annual gala kicks off a full year of celebrations leading up to the Museum’s 60th anniversary. Featuring an exclusive viewing of Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain and Other Myths, fine food, custom cocktails, dancing under the stars, and the gala’s first-ever guest of honor, Arizona State University President Michael Crow, The pARTy in the Garden plays an essential role in supporting Phoenix Art Museum. All proceeds from the event support exhibitions and education programs at the Museum.

The afterpARTy

November 3  |  9 pm

The afterpARTy is the Museum’s version of a late-night, art-gala experience, immediately following The pARTy in the Garden annual gala and is inspired by Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain and Other Myths.

$75 per person | Open bar | Hors-d'oeuvres | One-night-only installations

Purchase afterpARTy tickets hereFor more information or to purchase sponsorships, please visit tickets.phxart.org or contact specialevents@phxart.org or 602.307.2012.

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

A four-part film series inspired by Scandinavian PainTickets are free for Museum 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, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Neon. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik. Photo: Cathy Carver.

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