Symposium: Other Perspectives.
Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhus
Weekend 13 - 14 August 2011

The symposium was held in connection with the exhibition Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy. Discussions focused on the relationship between visual arts and philosophy, taking into account its different perspectives.



Nicolas Bourriaud, French curator, theorist and art critic. Bourriaud co-founded, and from 1999 to 2006 was co-director of, the Palais de Tokyo, Paris together with Jerôme Sans. He was also founder and director of the contemporary art magazine Documents sur l'art (1992–2000), and correspondent in Paris for Flash Art from 1987 to 1995. Bourriaud was the Gulbenkian curator of contemporary art at Tate Britain, London, and in 2009 he curated the fourth Tate Triennial there, entitled Altermodern.[1] Published work include: Relational Aesthetics (Paris: Presses du réel, 2002), Postproduction: Culture as Screenplay: How Art Reprograms the World (New York: Lukas & Sternberg, 2002) and The Radicant (Sternberg Press, 2009). 

Aðalheiður Lilja Guðmundsdóttir, art philosopher. She currently holds a position as Director of art theory, Department of Fine Art at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and Chair of the Icelandic Association for Art History and Aesthetics in Iceland. Guðmundsdóttir has taken part in and organized various lectures, symposiums and conferences in Iceland as well as having written extensively on art and culture.

Hafþór Yngvason, Director of Reykjavik Art Museum (since 2005). From 1995-2005 Yngvason was the director of Public Art, Cambridge, Massachusetts and was an art director at Cambridge Art Council and Director at Harcus Gallery, Boston. He has contributed to art journals, magazines and catalogues in Iceland and abroad, and been an editor for numerous books on art including Conservation and Maintenance of Contemporary Public Art (London: Archetype Publications, 2001). 

Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir, writer and philosopher, studied philosophy at the University of Iceland, graduating with a Master's Degree in political philosophy and completed a doctoral minor degree at Sorbonne University. She is currently working on a doctoral thesis at EHESS in Paris, as well as carrying out research in Icelandic museum field studies. Ævarsdóttir has published novels and written, translated and edited literary works and organized visual arts events. She runs together with archaeologist Uggi Ævarsson, the publishing company Apaflasa (Monkey Dandruff) and have worked among other things on quality books for the Library of Water in Stykkishólmur, Iceland. 


The exhibition:

Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy
Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhus
21 May — 4 September 2011

Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy offers an unusual overview of contemporary Icelandic art. Selected by eight curators, the exhibition is representative of the breadth and diversity of styles and artistic media pursued in Iceland today. Self-reflexive engagement with the very notion of art is a common element in many of the works. The goal is to create a thought provoking exhibition and to generate a dialogue about the meaning of contemporary art. What unifies the exhibition is a unique collaborative approach to curating. All of the eight curators have advanced degrees in philosophy and address every aspect of the exhibition from philosophical standpoints.

Curators: Aðalheiður Lilja Guðmundsdóttir, Gunnar J. Árnason, Gunnar Harðarson, Hafþór Yngvason, Jón Proppé, Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir, Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir and Ólafur Gíslason.

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