The Corridor has been running continuously for two decades as an exhibition space in Reykjavík. The inaugural exhibition – held at Laufásvegur 79, Reykjavík in 1979 – was by the artist Hreinn Fridfinnsson. It contained a piece titled "For the time being". Upon one wall the words, "For the time” were written and on the opposite wall "being". Backwards one would read "Being for the time". The Corridor took this text as a motto for the Gallery. From this beginning, in the Fridjonsson family home on Laufásvegur, The Corridor has moved with the family to Mávahlíd 24 and then to Freyjugata 32, before the present location at Rekagrandi 8.
The Corridor was to open up a door to art which would not otherwise be seen in Iceland.
The Corridor in not a typical gallery, but still it must be kept in mind, that even though it does not have a high profile in public life, its influence on Icelandic art life extends far beyond the confines of the home at Rekagrandi. Many artists who originally exhibited in The Corridor have gone onto exhibit in other spaces, such as The Living Art Museum, The National Gallery, The Reykjavík Art Museum, Kjarvalsstadir, The Nordic House, Gallery i8 and Second floor. Some of them have formed lasting attachments to the country and its people, and have enriched the local art life in various ways, for instance by teaching at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts (now the Icelandic Academy of Art), or by assisting Icelandic artists abroad. The Corridor has therefore emphatically served its original purpose.
Over the years there have been various exhibitions at institutions in Iceland which presented a history of The Corridor’s activities. These include one at The Living Art Museum, and two larger exhibitions: "VERGANGUR, the story of The Corridor”, at the Cultural Art Center, Gerduberg, Reykjavík, Dec.1995, and "GANGURINN", 20 year anniversary exhibition, at The Reykjavík Art Museum, Sept. - Nov. 2000. Both exhibitions were accompanied by the publication of a catalogue.
The pictures on this page document “GANGURINN” at Reykjavík Art Museum 2000, an anthological exhibition of the history of The Corridor.
Listed below are some of the foreign artists who have had exhibitions at the Corridor:
Martin Disler, Bruno Bussmann, Domenik Steiger, John Van´t Slot, John Armleder, Renato Michell, Juliao Sarmento, Helmut Federle, Jan Mladovsky, Stefan Szczesny, David Weiss / Peter Fichli, Mitja Tusek, Peter Holstein, Peter Angermann, Anselm Stadler, Claudia Schifferle, Peter Emch, Doriana Chiarini, Carlo Mauro, Franz Graf, Bengt Adlers, Fritz Grohs, Alan Johnston, Jussi Kivi, Wolfgang Stengl, Peter Mönnig, Adam Barker Mill, Gerwald Rockenschaup, Chiarenza / Hauser, Chung Eun Mo, Blalla Hallmann, Stephen Mckenna, Salvo, Jan Knap, Knud Odde Sörensen, Paul Lincoln, Daryush Shokof, Hugues Reip, Milan Kunc, Lisa Ponti, Janet Passehl, Per Kirkeby, Michael Kunze, Alice Stepanek / Steven Maslin, Karin Kneffel, Lino Fierito, Nana Petzet, Antonín Strízek, Kochausen / Hullmann, Willie Bell, Örjan Wallert, Thomas Huber, Till Krause, Claudia van Koolwijk, Charly Banana, Robert Devriendt, Jim Butler, Silvia Bachli, Eric Hattan, Charlemagne Palestine, Monica Bonvicini, Paschutan Buzari, Ceal Floyer, Jeppe Hein, Jeroen Jacobs, Nicola Vitale, Kazumaza...