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Symposium on Iceland’s Presence at Venice Biennale

The symposium at Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalsstadir tomorrow from 3-5 pm is set to discuss the history of Iceland’s participation at the Venice Biennale in relation with the exhibition “50 Years of Icelandic Art at the Venice Biennale” currently running at the museum.


From the exhibition at Kjarvalsstadir. Courtesy of the museum.

The exhibition is based on recently-published research on Iceland’s participation at the biennale, which is the first of its kind, a press release states.

Iceland has been represented by artists at this major international contemporary art exhibition for 50 years but their regular participation did not start until 1984.

The symposium, which will take place in English and is open to everyone, will be moderated by Frída Björg Ingvarsdóttir, an independent writer and critic.

Participants are Birta Gudjónsdóttir, an independent curator, artist and assistant to Icelandic artist Rúrí at the Venice Biennale 2003, Börkur Arnarson, director of the i8 Gallery in Reykjavík, Dorothée Kirch, director of the Icelandic Art Center in Reykjavík and Ellen Blumenstein, an independent curator and curator of the Icelandic pavilion at Venice Biennale 2011.

The symposium is presented in collaboration with the Icelandic Art Center and supported by the German Embassy in Iceland.

Click here to read more about the exhibition at Kjarvalsstadir.

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