Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center


“Towards Creative Iceland” report published in English

In May 2011 a report was published on the economic impact of the creative industries in Iceland. The report has now been translated to English and is available here.




November 2010 – Alternative North

Alternative North was a two day symposium that brought together an international group of curators, art writers and programme directors to discuss and debate the state of contemporary art in the Nordic countries.


Website to the programm with videos of the speaches.


The speakers were:

Anette Østerby, Director, The Danish Arts Agency’s Visual Arts Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Aura Seikkula, independent curator and researcher, Helsinki, Finland.

Bergljót Jónsdóttir, Director, Nordic Culture Point, Helsinki, Finland.

Birta Guðjónsdóttir, Director, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Cecilia Widenheim, Director, Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Program (Iaspis), Stockholm, Sweden.

Dorothee Kirch, Director, Centre for Icelandic Art, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Henriette Bretton-Meyer, Director, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art Copenhagen, Denmark.

Jonas Ekeberg, Editor, Kunstkritikk, Oslo, Norway.

Judith Schwarzbart, independent curator, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Maria Lind, independent curator, Stockholm, Sweden.

Marianne Zamecznik, independent curator, Norway.

Marita Muukkonen, Curator, Helsinki International Artist-in- Residence, Helsinki, Finland

Markús Þór Andrésson, independent curator and writer, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Mats Stjernstedt, Director, Index-The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden.


The symposium was organized by the Reykjavik Art Museum, the Living Art Museum and the Icelandic Art Center.



July 2010 – Villa Reykjavík


In July 2010, 14 European galleries came together in Reykjavík and created the first gallery district in town.


For a month Icelanders and tourists could stroll in the harbour area from one gallery to the next and see and discuss works by artists such as Jacob Dahl Jürgensen and Simon Dybbroe Møller, Paweł Althamer, Prinz Gholam, Johanna Billing, Alena Kotzmannová, Elín Hansdóttir, William Hunt, Pierre Bismuth, Michael Sailstorfer, Arnfinnur Amazeen, Rafał Bujnowski, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Elena Narbutaitė, Micol Assaël and many more.


The Icelandic Art Center served as info point and hub for the amazing organizers, the team of Raster Gallery in Warsaw.


It was a true pleasure to welcome the galleries Croy Nielsen, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Hollybush Gardens, Hunt Kastner, IBID Projects, Jan Mot, Johann König, Raster, Rodeo, Tulips & Roses and Zero in Iceland and look forard to do so again!


Check out the website Villa Reykjavik