Icelandic Artist Loses Case against Wal-Mart Skip to content

Icelandic Artist Loses Case against Wal-Mart

By Iceland Review

Icelandic artists Lárus H. List recently lost a case against American department store chain Wal-Mart, who took him to arbitration court in Switzerland for using the domain The ruling stated List was causing damage to Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart was consequently given the legal rights to List’s domain.

According to Fréttabladid, the domain was part of an artwork List displayed in the Kling og Bang Gallery in Reykjavík two years ago—a painting based on Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa entitled “Wa1m-ART.”

List said the idea behind his work was to criticize American greed and cultural hegemony and that Wal-Mart’s lawsuit has proven his point. The arbitration court however ruled that List’s domain was too similar to Wal-Mart’s name.

Click here to read more about this story.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!