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Erró ( Guðmundur Guðmundsson ) was born  on July 19

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Erró ( Guðmundur Guðmundsson  was born in Ólafsvík, Iceland. He is a Pop Art and Postmodern artist, whose work includes painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, sculpture, and film.

The artist graduated from the Reykjavík School of Visual Art, where he briefly served as a professor. In 1952, he traveled to Norway, where he studied engraving, fresco, and painting at the Academy of Oslo. He then entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, and the School of Byzantine Mosaic Art in Ravenna. In the mid-1950s, he began exhibiting his works, first in Florence in 1955, and later in Paris, where he settled in 1958.

A widely traveled artist, Erró has become known for collecting and assembling advertisements, news images, comics, and posters, often inserting figures from artworks by Eugène Delacroix, Fernand Léger, and Pablo Picasso in his paintings.

Erro  chooses them, assembles them, according to his good pleasure – always with humor, sometimes with anguish and violence – on the canvass to form pictures that are as much to read that to see.

Erró’s surrealistic imagery is comprised of subjects ranging from comic-book characters to infamous dictators, including Donald Duck, Chip & Dale, Adolf Hitler, and Saddam Hussein. Erró''s provocative pictures explore themes of weapons, violence, and sexuality, drawing comparisons to Pop icons such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and James Rosenquist.

In 1989, Erro  donated a large collection ─ a total of about 2,000 items, including paintings, watercolours, graphic art, sculptures, collages and other works spanning the artist's entire career from his youth.

The Museum has put part of it on permanent display and opened a website where the whole collection can be visited. In addition to the artworks, Erró gave the city an extensive collection of private correspondence and other documents relevant to his artistic career. These rich sources are of great value for all research on the artist Erró and his time.

The collection has grown steadily over the years; Erró has continued to add to the gift and in addition works have been purchased for the collection, which now numbers about 4,000 works of art.

''The paint is an experimentation place, it is the private form of utopia, the pleasure to contradict, the happiness to be alone against all, the joy to provoke. It reveals and denounces the aberrations of our corporation: directed consumption, eroticism mercantile, revolutions, existence Americanization…''

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