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Ragnar Kjartansson 

The Sky in a Room

25 June — 3 July 2022

St Mary Magdalene, Tanworth-in-Arden
Open 2-7pm daily

Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson draws on the histories of film, music, theatre, visual culture and literature to develop video installations, durational performances, drawing and painting.

This project, a collaboration with Artes Mundi (Cardiff), involves professional singers taking turns to perform an ethereal arrangement of ‘Il cielo in una stanza’, the famous song by Gino Paoli, originally released in 1960. Accompanied by the church organ, the piece will be repeated, uninterruptedly, for six hours a day for several days, like a never-ending lullaby. Kjartansson’s works are characterised by a profound sense of melancholy which could not be more appropriate for St Mary Magdalene, Tanworth-in-Arden, the place where singer-songwriter Nick Drake is buried.