The symposium is set to discuss the history of Iceland´s participation throughout the years in relation to the exhibition 50 Years of Icelandic Art at the Venice Biennale now on show at Reykjavik Art Museum – Kjarvalsstaðir. Further to discuss its organization in the future. The biennale is a current and important issue in Iceland if taken to consideration its history, now visible through research that has taken place in preparation for the exhibition at Kjarvalsstaðir. As groundwork for the exhibition is a newly published research of Iceland’s participation in the Venice Biannale in Italy, which is first of its kind ever made on the subject. Icelandic artists have had their representative at this major international contemporary art exhibition for fifty years but their regular participation did not start until the year 1984. The Venice Biannale takes place once every two years and is claimed to be one of the world’s most important forums for the dissemination about the current developments in international art.

Moderator: Fríða Björk Ingvarsdóttir, independent writer and critic.

Birta Guðjónsdóttir, independent curator, artist and assistant at the pavilion of Icelandic artist Gabríela Friðriksdóttir at the Venice Biennale 2005
Börkur Arnarson, director of I8 Gallery, Reykjavik
Dorothée Kirch, director of Icelandic Art Center, Reykjavik
Ellen Blumenstein, independent curator and curator for the Icelandic Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2011

The symposium, made in collaboration with Icelandic Art Center, takes place in English and is open to everyone. Supported by The German Embassy in Iceland.


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