Entry Ticket and Drink at Multi-Sensory Chromo Sapiens Art Installation in Reykjavik

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Rafstöðvarvegur 1a, 110 Reykjavík, Ísland
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Discover "Chromo Sapiens," a multi-sensory art installation in Reykjavik by the Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardottir. Art enthusiasts keen to explore an intriguing realm where color, sound, and touch make synthetic hair come alive should book this ticket now.

This ticket includes entry to the Chromo Sapiens art installation and a coffee or soft drink. You'll find Chromo Sapiens in the Hofudstodin art center in the Arbaer area of Reykjavik. The art center is approximately 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of downtown Reykjavik.

Hrafnhildur Arnardottir, also known as Shoplifter, is one of Iceland's most prominent modern artists, known for her various sculptures and artwork that utilize natural and artificial hair. Chromo Sapiens is a testament to the profound interplay of color, sound, and human emotion, stimulating the senses in a uniquely captivating manner.

Arnardottir uses synthetic hair in a striking mix of dazzling colors in Chromo Sapiens, giving this commonly used material a renewed purpose and deeper meaning. The moment you step into the art installation, you enter a series of three caves, each distinctively designed to evoke different emotional states. 

The first, the Primal Opus, leads you through a dark environment reminiscent of volcanic activity and primordial life forces. 

Astral Gloria is the second chamber, a crazy mix of vibrant colors. Whether you find it alluring, overwhelming, hideous, or intensely beautiful depends on your interpretation.

The third and final cave invites visitors into a tranquil haven of soft, light hues. Bathed in pastels, this serene environment inspires tranquility, reflection, and a sense of floating or being enveloped in a cloud. It's a striking contrast to the previous chamber.

In addition to color, sound forms a crucial part of the Chromo Sapiens experience. The unique soundscape complements the visual experience and stimulates your emotions for complete sensory immersion. 

The sounds bring the art to life, and Arnardottir likens the effect to a deep earth murmur and the sounds within our bodies that we don't hear.

Shoplifter explains that visitors find the fibers irresistible to touch and allows this as part of an immersive sensory experience. You can lie down on benches of synthetic, multi-colored hair and fully absorb your surroundings, allowing feelings and emotions to rise above thoughts.

"Chromo Sapiens" is a striking testament to Shoplifter's innovative use of hair as a medium, a signature style she has honed over the years. In all its sensory and emotional intensity, this installation reflects the artist's fascination with human nature, our instincts, emotions, and our relationship with the natural world.

You don't need to understand the layers of meaning behind this unique art installation to enjoy the experience. Shoplifter invites you to enjoy a sensory journey that helps you dive deeper into your psyche. 

After your Chromo Sapiens experience, reflect with a coffee or soft drink included in the price. You can also purchase food, alcohol, and gift shop items if you wish.

Don't miss the chance to discover Chromo Sapiens, a multi-sensory art installation in Reykjavik by one of Iceland's favorite contemporary artists. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Entry ticket to Chromo Sapiens art installation
Coffee or soft drink


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Opening Hours:

Weekdays 10:00–18:00

Weekends 11:00–17:00

Accessibility: The building is wheelchair accessible, with a parking lot directly in front of the building.

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