Forbes magazine says "Búrfell Power Plant is among the most unusual art museums in Europe"
May 23, 2008
Forbes magazine regularly publishes a list of the world’s most interesting places. The magazine’s web edition contains a long list of remarkable locations in Europe that have one thing in common - they are all unconventional art galleries. All of them house exhibitions or other cultural events.
Búrfell Power Plant, in Thjórsárdalur, is one of the places on the list. It contains a number of works of art by the sculptor Sigurjón Ólafsson. Many of the places on the Forbes list have interesting stories that only go to enhance the cultural happenings on offer.
Among the places on the list are:
Zollverein Coal Mine, in Essen, Germany, is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Mining was halted in 1986, to be replaced by a wide range of cultural activities.
Gasometer, in Oberhausen, Germany, is an enormous disused gas storage tank. It is of great interest for sound artists. Sounds reverberate around its walls for 30 seconds before they fade away.
Cisterne Museum is a museum for glass art in an old water tank in Copenhagen. Water runs down the walls and across the floor.
La Piscine, Lille, France, is an old swimming pool that now performs the role of art gallery. Visitors pass through the shower rooms to reach the exhibition space.
Búrfell Power Plant
Búrfell Power Plant
Zollverein Coal Mine
in Thjórsárdalur, Iceland. The station house contains works by the icelandic sculptor Sigurjón Ólafsson, and his work Hávadatröllid (the Noisy Troll) stands nearby.
Modem, in Berlin, Germany was once a power station. It has a floor space equal to four football pitches.
CaixaForum, in Madrid, Spain, was also formerly a power station. The structure stands on columns and seems to glide above the ground. One wall of the building is home to a 5000 m2 garden where plants grow and flourish.
Hangar 7, in Salzburg, Austria, is an aircraft hangar. It looks like a cross-section through an aeroplane wing with 1794 panes of glass that make the works of art and the aircraft movements around the hangar unforgettable.
Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf, Germany. For many, this space is a more attractive force than the art it contains. The floors slope and the space is more confined at one end, where the floor and ceiling meet.
Grand Hornu, Belgium. The town was built in 1810 to create accommodation for 1500 workers. In 2002, some of the buildings were converted into an arts centre. The workers’ buildings are now popular on Belgian property markets.