Launch of the first AI exhibition in a national gallery in the Faroe Islands

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Exhibition explores the Faroe Islands through the eyes of the world’s greatest artists

NEW YORK, September 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the National Gallery of the Faroe Islands launches an exhibition of 40 images created by the Midjourney artificial intelligence program, making it the first time a national gallery has presented an entirely produced exhibition created by artificial intelligence. Functioning From September 29 to October 30, the exhibition reveals how the greatest artists in the world could have represented the landscape of this remote archipelago inaccessible in their time. The intriguing AI images offer visitors the opportunity to discover how Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso would have painted the Faroe Islands.

A video on this new exhibition is available here.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to create their own images using Midjourney technology. Computer stations will be available at the exhibition, giving visitors the opportunity to experience this innovative new technology.

The group of 18 islands located 400 miles from land in the North Atlantic provide an ideal location to ask the question: “How would history’s most renowned painters have interpreted this unique landscape?” Midjourney technology analyzes billions of paintings and images to understand the shapes, techniques, colors, moods and objects as well as the personal style of the greatest artists ever known. This transformational exhibition also examines the role of technologies in art and shows how art moves from outer landscapes of hills and mountain peaks to inner landscapes of the mind and imagination through the use of technology and of language.

Karina Lykke Talldirector of the National Gallery of Faroe Islandssaid: “When I first heard about AI and Midjourney and the ability to create new imagery like individual artists could have, it immediately intrigued me. It was fascinating to see how, by giving prompts, the system can get an idea of ​​how an artist like Van Gogh or Picasso might have painted the Faroe Islands.”

In addition to the AI ​​exhibition, the museum presents a collection of works of art by the most renowned Faroese artists in the country. From the point of view of art history, Faroese visual art did not develop until the beginning of the 20th century. Despite the small size of the country, around 54,000 inhabitants, and the fact that the history of Faroese art is relatively young, the quality of Faroese art is remarkably high.

Faroese visual art is diversifying with provocative works by an emerging generation of artists such as Rannvá Kunoy, Jón Sonni Jensen, Hansina Iversen and Edward Fuglø. Interest in the Faroese landscape as a subject, which was traditionally the motif, was replaced by that of the human spirit, raising existential or philosophical questions. Please see the works of many gifted Faroese artists at the National Gallery of the Faroe Islands’ homepage, www.art.fo.

For more information about the art museum and opening hours, please see www.art.fo.

The Faroe Islands may be small, but nature works on a grand scale on all 18 islands in the North Atlantic. With breathtaking views from every angle, visitors are invited to experience the raw and untouched beauty of the outdoors. Home to mythical mountains, hobbit-like turf-roofed houses and shaggy grazing sheep, these islands are the perfect playground for the senses.

The Faroese people are shaped by the harsh elements that have surrounded them for generations; a wonderful mix of isolation, toughness and restraint, open arms, authenticity and warmth. Few communities this small can boast such a vibrant arts and music scene, while Faroese cuisine has never been so popular. The decidedly slow pace of life on the islands lends itself to a hospitable family and laid-back lifestyle.

To learn more about the Faroe Islandsvisit www.visitfaroeislands.com.

SOURCE Visit the Faroe Islands

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