The Living Art Museum’s fundraising & auction will be held in the Museum House of Iceland between 19 – 23th November
The Living Art Museum or Nýló is one of the oldest artist-run museum and a venue for contemporary visual art in Europe. It is committed to the presentation of work by Icelandic and international artists and to the collecting and preserving of contemporary art.
Nýló is a non-profit association with over 350 professional artists as members, and serves as a collector of works and as a platform for innovative experimental contemporary art.
Since it’s establishment the members have donated artworks to Nýló and today the collection includes around 2.000 works.
Image credit, works donated to the auction
To the left: Time /Pavillion II by Rúrí
To the right: Nordic Soap by Arnar Ásgeirsson
Throughout the years Nýló has had to change location several times because of unstable rental market and financial situation. Members of the Living Art Museum, along with other artists have now donated art works to finance new housing for the museum.
Click here to visit the auction website or on the link to the right.
The fundraising and auction will launch Wednesday 19th of November at 5pm in the Museum House of Iceland, Hverfisgata 15.
In early June 2014 Nýló had to move from its last location at Skúlagata 28, 101 Reykjavík due to highly increased rent. The board decided to move the collection and archives to Völvufell 13-21, efra-Breiðholt, a suburban area in east Reykjavík where the new facilities are devoted to the collection and research. The search for a more permanent exhibition space is ongoing.
The Living Art Museum was founded in 1978 by a group of 26 local artists. The main purpose of founding a new contemporary art museum in Reykjavik at the time was to establish and introduce contemporary art within the local culture scene. Since its establishment Nýló has functioned as a forum of possibilities for both art and reflections on society.
In 2010 Nýló was awarded the prestige Icelandic Museum Awards. The museum is an important platform for research, cross-disciplinary collaboration and critical discourse on contemporary art.