Representatives of an institution owned by art collector Francesca von Habsburg, which exhibits, presents and collects international contemporary art, Iceland’s Living Art Museum (Nýló) and the estate of Dieter Roth have presented ideas on a new art and cultural center in Reykjavík.
A possible location for the center is the old Ó. Johnson & Kaaber coffee processing plant on Saetún, Morgunbladid reports.
“In difficult times like these we have to work together on improving the relations with Iceland,” von Habsburg said. “The art community in Iceland is prepared to become a part of the solution—because it was never part of the problem—and I support it wholeheartedly.”
Von Habsburg has declared her institution’s willingness to contribute up to EUR 1 million (USD 1.3 million) to the project. Yesterday, 30 works of art from her collection were auctioned in London and she plans to use the profits to invest in Icelandic art creation and culture.