Music & Art Apr 26, 2021

Artists in Conversation: Updates from the Icelandic Art Center

Check out conversations with Icelandic Art Prize winners and other unique Icelandic artists!

May brings springtime temperatures and updates from the Icelandic Art Center! Check out two recent events hosted by the organization, which promotes and supports Icelandic contemporary art internationally through grants, collaborations and projects.

Recording of the online event ‘Three Artists from Iceland in Conversation’

‘Three Artists from Iceland in Conversation’ took place in March 2021. The online event featured conversations with three unique artists from Iceland, Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir, Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir and Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson and moderated by Cassandra Edlefsen Lasch, editor and curator based in Berlin.

In this conversation, the three Icelandic artists explore personal insights into art-making practices, as well as the support structures that have positively shaped their artistic careers. Each artist has recently held a residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin and shares their perspective on how institutional collaborations can contribute to sustainable artistic careers.Check out the recording here!

A conversation with the recipients of the Art Prize 2021 Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson

This year’s recipient of the Icelandic Art Prize is the duo of Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson for their collective performance with the Magic Team In Search of Magic – A Proposal for a New Constitution for The Republic of Iceland. This is the fourth time that the duo has received the prestigious art award, which aims to honor and promote outstanding Icelandic contemporary art and encourage new artistic forms and creations. 

In this conversation with Valur Brynjar Antonson, the duo discuss this major art event that took place at Reykjavik Art Museum in October, the streets of the city center, outside the Prime Minister’s office and the Parliament building on Austurvöllur Square.Check out the recording here!

Which aspect of Icelandic art interests you most? Let us know in the comments below. Looking for more on Icelandic art? Check out our new video series exploring contemporary and historical art throughout the nation.