Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center
22. 07 2019
Call for application: Intern in Venice

The Icelandic Art Center calls for applications for an internship at the Venice Biennale 2019 during the period of August 18 – November 24. Students at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and the University of Iceland studying Art History and Art Theory, Museum Studies, Film Studies, and related studies can apply for an Erasmus+ grant for the internship.



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Installation view of Chromo Sapiens, the Icelandic Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, 2019. Photo: Elisabet Davidsdottir © Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter


The Icelandic Art Center is the commissioner for the Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter represents Iceland at the 58th Venice Biennale, curated by Birta Guðjónsdóttir.


The internship involves:

– They will function as supervisors of the Pavilion during their stay
– They will be able to experience how an important exhibition and large event like the Biennale di Venezia comes to be realized
– They will be able to visit the Biennale di Venezia and know their way around this beautiful historical Italian city
– They will make international contacts and will have working experience in the international art world
– Get to know the artist and his work as well as the artist team and the Icelandic Arts Center staff.


DEADLINE August 1st. – Please send a CV with a name, phone number and your year of study to the e-mail address For further information, please send your inquiry also to


About the artist

Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter uses hair, her trademark material, to create large-scale multi-sensory environments and sculpture. Shoplifter’s oeuvre inhabits the electric area between the visual arts, performance, and design and is anchored in a fascination with pop culture and mass production as much as in her homeland’s Icelandic culture, its folk art, crafts and textiles.


Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir is the official artist representing the Icelandic Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale with Chromo Sapiens, an immersive hyper-nature installation featuring three caves made with undulating synthetic hair in collaboration with a tectonic soundtrack by Icelandic heavy metal band HAM (May 2019).



The Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale is the oldest of the biennales, and one of the world’s most important art events. The exhibition comprises shows in national pavilions at the main Biennale site, the Giardini del Castello park, and in rented premises around the city, together with independent shows organized by Biennale management, which reflect the latest trends and movements in art. Each nation chooses a representative for its pavilion; while each Biennale has a certain theme, nations are free with regard to the choice of artists and what they show.