Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center
18. 11 2019
A New Opportunity for Icelandic Artists – a Residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin

Yesterday, the Icelandic Art Center and Künstlerhaus Bethanien signed an agreement regarding residencies for Icelandic artists in Berlin for the next five years.

Künstlerhaus Bethanien was founded in 1974 and is one of the most prestigious and distinguished German art venues, and well-known internationally. Normally, around 25 artists from all over the world work at the venue, which offers an international network of contacts and collaborations within the contemporary art scene.

Photo by Luise von Nobbe

Auður Edda, Adviser to the Minister of Education, Science and Culture , Karítas Gunnarsdóttir, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, María Erla Marelsdóttir, Ambassador of Iceland in Berlin, Curator Valeria Schulte-Fischedick from Kunstlerhaus Bethanien. Christoph Tannert Artistic Director of Kunstlerhus Bethanien and Auður Jörundsdóttir, soon to be the director of the Icelandic Art Center, sign a partnership agreement. Photo by Luise von Nobbe.


The residency allows participating artists access to a powerful, international contact network; curators, museum staff, journalists and others who work in the field.

The Künstlerhaus also organises exhibitions, publishing and events for the artists-in-residence. While there, each artist holds a solo exhibition, planned by Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

Open call will be announced soon.


The project is sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture as well as private investors, but the Icelandic Art Center is responsible for the implementation on Iceland’s behalf.