Author Archive

Nýló currently working on book of Artist-Run Spaces in Reykjavík 1965 – 2018

Sep 25 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

Dear Artists,

The Living Art Museum is currently working on a publication of Artist-run Spaces in Reykjavík 1965 – 2018. The book covers content and material from Nýló´s archive of Artist-Run Initiatives, and will highlight the important role of artists in the development of the Reykjavík art scene.

If you have participated in the development of an artist-run space, non-profit and have original copies of exhibition catalogues, texts and / or photographs (please do not include newspaper articles), please contact the museum at

The deadline to submit material is October 12th, 2018!

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Nýló Internship fall 2018

Jul 11 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum currently seeks an individual in the role of Invigilation / Mediation Intern for fall 2018.

This position is focused on monitoring current exhibitions in The Marshall House, interacting, guiding and supporting museum visitors, and supporting The Living Art Museum staff in daily responsibilities. All candidates must be friendly, open, approachable, have positive initiative and the ability to work independently.

Interns are expected to commit to at least 6-8 weeks of work within the museum. Hours will be determined in dialogue with museum staff and in correspondence with individual educational needs, but can be expected to take place between the hours of 1-6 pm. Occasional extra hours for events, exhibition installation and so forth may be required.

Please note that this is an unpaid internship, but in exchange for their time and commitment

interns will receive valuable insight into the contemporary art scene in Reyjavík, as well as, the opportunity to network with artists and professionals in the field and other small benefits within the museum.

Please apply by submitting a current cv, cover letter highlighting why you would be a positive candidate for this role, and any information related to your specific educational requirements to with the subject line “Nýló internship 2018”.

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Pressure of the Deep: Cocktail Lounge

Jul 08 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

Auður Lóa Guðnadóttir &
Starkaður Sigurðarson

Sat – 14.07.2018
4 – 6 pm

Auður Lóa and Starkaður invite guests to an evening of cocktails at the Living Art Museum’s 40th anniversary exhibition, Pressure of the Deep. They will serve drinks that are in conversation with their work, Two halves that don’t add up.

Auður Lóa and Starkaður have worked together for six years as artists and curators. They make works, together, separately, with other artists and in various art places, work that tries to dig a hole into something intangible.

Works of different mediums, different contexts, but which always incorporate how the work speaks, how art speaks, tells us something. They each bring their own voice into the dialogue, which then becomes a trinity with the thought, medium, the space which they stand before. They are awake to the history of the idea, history of the place, the object, and try to see the present as the often messy collision of contemporaneity and ambiguous thought that sometimes appears before us out of the fog.

Come one, come all!

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Walk & Talk / Distant Matter

Mar 07 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

Walk & Talk / Distant Matter
With Katrín Agnes Klar & Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir
Thursday March 8, 2018
Talk begins at 8pm

The Living Art Museum is pleased to invite you to a “walk and talk” through Distant Matter, at 8pm in The Marshall House. Katrín Agnes Klar will be present on behalf of herself and Lukas Kindermann and engage in dialogue with Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir in regards to the current exhibition.

At 8:45 Edda Kristín will walk guests up to Kling & Bang, where Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir will discuss her current exhibition Evolvement, which opened on March 3, 2018, with visitors.

Both exhibitions close on March 11th, so this is the perfect opportunity to have deeper insight into the works in the exhibitions and to consider the artists´thoughts.

The talk will take place in Icelandic, is free of charge and open to all.

Distant matter brings together work by artists Katrín Agnes Klar and Lukas Kindermann for the first time together to this extent.

By disconnecting and re-orientating impressions of matter through individual works, the artists take transmitted information, 3D replicas, popsicle-coloured screensaver gradients and poster horizons as a means to ask basic questions of everyday representations and the orderly system of the cosmos.

We kindly welcome you to join us there!

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Distant Matter on Museum Night

Jan 31 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

Distant Matter
Katrín Agnes Klar & Lukas Kindermann
19.01.18 – 11.03.18
Curator Becky Forsythe

The Living Art Museum welcomes you to a guided tour with curator Becky Forsythe through the exhibition Distant Matter / Katrín Agnes Klar and Lukas Kindermann, Friday February 2nd at 8:00pm in The Marshall House.

The tour will take place in English and is open to all.

Distant matter brings together works by Katrín Agnes Klar (b.1985) and Lukas Kindermann (b.1984) for the first time to this extent at The Living Art Museum. By disconnecting and re-orientating impressions of matter through individual works, the exhibition takes transmitted information, 3D replicas from space, popsicle-coloured screensaver gradients and poster horizons as a means to ask basic questions of everyday representations and leap out into the orderly system of the cosmos.

Museum Night takes place 2. February 2018 and is Winter Lights Festival’s most popular event. Museums across the capital area open their doors and entertain their guests with happenings such as dance, theatre, lectures, live music, film, literature readings and much more free of charge. All museums are open from 18.00-23.00.

Museum Night is part of Winter lights festival Reykjavík

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Distant Matter: Artists´ talk with curator

Jan 18 2018 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum is pleased to invite you to an open talk with artists Katrín Agnes Klar and Lukas Kindermann, and curator Becky Forsythe on Sunday January 21, 2018 at 2 pm in The Living Art Museum, Marshall House.

Guests will have the opportunity to ask the artists about their work and gain inside view into the making of Distant Matter, the collaboration between the artists, curator and The Living Art Museum.

The talk will be offered in English.
Entrance is free and all are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Image: Lukas Kindermann, 1:1, 3D-Printed Silica Sand, 67,0 cm x 24,8 cm x 51,8 cm, 2016, photo by Dominik Gigler

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The Magic Mountain Radio

Aug 07 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

The Expedition to the Magic Mountain in collaboration with The Living Art Museum present The Magic Mountain Radio offer a series of radio podcasts updated daily over the course of fourteen days between August 7th to 21st.

The din from the mountain is carried unfiltered to listeners from August 7-21, 2017.

Each programme echoes the spring of the living soul – here you will find something you miss.

The members of the expedition are Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir, Birna Bjarnadóttir, Gauti Kristmannsson, Haraldur Jónsson, Karlotta Blöndal, Steingrímur Eyfjörð & Unnar Örn J. Auðarson.

Writers and translators: Edith Södergran/Njörður P. Njarðvík, Friedrich Nietzsche/Arthúr Björgvin Bollason og Þröstur Ásmundsson, Undína, Sigfús Daðason, Guðbergur Bergsson, Thomas Mann/Gauti Kristmannsson, Kristján Árnason, Teresa frá Avíla/Birna Bjarnadóttir, Gunnar Gunnarsson, Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Dante Alighieri/Erlingur E. Halldórsson, Stefan Zweig/Halldór J. Jónsson og Ingólfur Pálmason, Guttormur J. Guttormsson.

Readers: Steingrímur Eyfjörð, Karlotta Blöndal, Haraldur Jónsson, Gauti Kristmannsson, Unnar Örn Auðarson.

Host: Birna Bjarnadóttir.

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1. þáttur – En sárasta sár mitt það verður, að sjá á þér galla.

Aug 07 2017 Published by under Útvarp Töfrafjall


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Applications for Internships with The Living Art Museum in 2018

Jul 11 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Thank you to all who have contacted us with interest in participating in an internship with The Living Art Museum!

We are fully booked with interns for 2017 and encourage only those with interest in becoming an intern in 2018 to visit us at the museum or contact the office at nylo(at)

If you would like to submit an application we ask that you please include a letter of motivation stating why The Living Art Museum is of interest to you and what goals and experience you hope to achieve by participating in an internship with the museum and your current CV.

Please send inquires to nylo(at) – all inquires will be responded to in good time.

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Summer Opening Hours in Breiðholt

May 17 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Over the course of summer 2017 The Living Art Museum in Breiðholt will be open every other Wednesday between 10-14 beginning May 24th.

Open dates:

May 24, June 7, June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, August 16 and August 30

and by special appointment.

Guests are invited to take this opportunity to visit the current exhibition READ THROUGH, which focuses on thematic research done by curator Heiðar Kári Rannversson into the museum´s bookwork collection and the nature of this specific medium.

Although The Living Art Museum´s primary exhibition space and office has moved to The Marshall House and LHÍ student-run gallery RÝMD has moved into the former bakery in Völvufell, the museum continues to house the collection and operate a collection project space in Breiðholt, where exhibitions provide an opportunity to for school and group visits, and to fulfil research requests.

To book a school visit or guided tour please follow here.

For further questions and to inquire about making a special appointment please contact collection manager Becky Forsythe at archive(at)

Please note that although we do our best to fulfill requests, it is not always possible to so without proper advance and we ask kindly that special requests be made with that consideration.

The Living Art Museum in Breiðholt is located at 13-21 Völvufell, 111 Reykjavík.

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Museum Day 2017: Attempting to Define Ólafur Lárusson in the Museum

May 16 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Is it photography?
Is it performance?

Attempting to Define Ólafur Lárusson in the Museum

Guided tour in english at 12:00 & the museum will be open as usual on Thursdays until 21:00

The Living Art museum cordially invites you to join co-curator and collection manager Becky Forsythe in a guided walk and discussion through the museum’s current exhibition Rolling Line, where guests will consider the complex nature in trying to define Ólafur Lárusson´s works to one medium.

The discussion will also explore Ólafur´s contribution to photography and performance through his studio archive, while also questioning the possibilities in framing an artist’s work and practice as an important component in a living and engaged dialogue with history.

The guided walk and discussion will take place in english, is open to all and free of charge. Please join us at The Living Art Museum in The Marshall House, Grandagarður 20, 101 Reykjavík at 12:00.

“Ólafur Lárusson initially used photography as a recording device, a way of documenting his performance art – although on occasion photography was a more integral element of these performances or environments. His later involvement with photography has, however, effectively subverted this use of the medium.

Now, the photograph functions not as witness, but as the very space within – or upon – which the performance takes place”.
(Jan-Erik Lundström, European Photography, 1988)

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Reasons to Perform: Open Box

Sep 15 2016 Published by under Uncategorized

Open Box
Each Friday between 10. Sept. – 18. Dec.

Calling all artists, Nýló members, collectors and friends!

The Living Art Museum in collaboration with Maja Bekan and Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir in Reasons to Perform: Always, Always, Always: Look for the Answer would like to invite artists, Nýló members, collectors and friends to assist us in opening up the Nýló Performance Archive boxes and contributing to collecting more material.

Over the duration of the exhibition the museum welcomes new contributions of archival material in the form of photographs, documentation and material and information from performances already archived at the museum, as well as new contributions. This will be possible each Friday throughout the exhibition period between 13:00 – 16:00, or by appointment with Collection Manager Becky Forsythe at

Proposals for new performances for the archive will be taken into consideration by the board of the museum.

The Performance Archive was initiated in early 2008, when Nýló began archiving performance documentation and material relating to artist performances. Previously, the museum collection had included documentation of 20 performance works dating from 1978-1981.

Gradually, various forms of documentation relating to performances have been added to the archive. The collection of this material is done so through a dialogue with the artist in question, with the aim of examining his/her work and career and considerations that support the preservation and specificity of individual performances.

The aim of the archive is to preserve documentation of performance and performance-related works, and to establish

Nýló is the central museum for performance in Iceland, as it has throughout its history been one of the main local venues for such work.

Reasons to Perform will occupy the Living Collection space until 10. December, where artists Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir and Maja Bekan create a mix-media installation comprised of: site-specific space intervention, performance and text work with the aim of exploring and questioning the archive of the living art (museum) and documentation as a form of possibility.This new work developed by Finnbogadóttir and Bekan is based upon ongoing research and investigations into notions of time, appropriation, authorship and productivity.

Minutes of measurements, disturbance, rhythm and movement will be introduced into Nýló’s archive collection and performed by the museum staff and visitors during the opening hours of the exhibition.

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“Expansions of Homecraft” at Konsthall C

May 26 2016 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum is happy to collaborate with Konsthall C in Farsta, Sweden, in bringing works by Hildur Hákonardóttir together for the exhibition Expansions in Homecraft opening 28 May, 6pm.


Expansions of Homecraft is a group exhibition with work by Hildur Hákonardóttir, Toncirkeln (Shida Shahabi and Anna Sóley Tryggvadóttir) and Kristina Schultz with Johan Lindberg and Liss Schultz.

Expansions of Homecraft, the seventh exhibition within the programme Home Works – investigating the politics of domestic work and the home. The exhibition departs from an investigation into the radical forms of creativity generated in the home that challenge hegemonic values of patriarchy, and production, and expand a notion of what homecraft can be. Through the works within this exhibition, homecraft moves from traditional forms, like weaving and sewing, to the craft within the social work of the home – immaterial productions like caring, cleaning and conversing.

The exhibition includes works from the collections of the Living Art Museum, LÁ Art Museum, The Reykjavík Art Museum and The National Gallery of Iceland and has received support from Kulturrådet, Kulturkontakt Nord, NFH Nämnden för hemslöjdsfrågor. Toncirkeln is supported by Musikplattformen och Statens Musikverk Public programme made in collaboration with ABF.


The exhibition schedule also includes the symposium The Home within Homecraft and will take place on Saturday 11 June between 11-6pm. The symposium will take place in English and is free but booking essential. To book a place please email

Through my experience at home […] I also discovered what I now call the ‘double character’ of reproductive work, as work that reproduces us and valorises us not only in view of our integration in the labour market but also against it.

Silvia Federici, Revolution at Point Zero (2012)

Homecraft and its connection to historic practices and folk traditions has often made it easy prey to be co-opted by right-wing and nationalist politics as an anchor point for ‘true’ examples of national identity. As a work performed in the home it is also intimately tied to forms of exploitation reliant on housework as undervalued and unpaid labour. While currently nationalist parties gain popularity across Europe we, as a democratic cultural organisation, wish to challenge their ideology as well as their subsumption of homecraft to be aligned with racist politics. The commissions here evident counter practices that pluralise and highlight the complexities around homecraft and feminised production in the home and show what Federici describes above as the double character of this work.

The day invites the participating artists Shida Shahabi, Anna Sóley Tryggvadóttir and Hildur Hákonardóttir, alongside theorist and activist Silvia Federici and art historian Temi Odumosu to share their practices and find ways we can collectivise our strategies for insisting on the radical potential of homecraft.

Silvia Federici is an Italian American scholar, teacher, and activist from the radical autonomist feminist Marxist tradition. She is a professor emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University, where she was a social science professor. She is co-founder of the International Feminist Collective which led to the development of The International Wages for Housework Campaign a global social movement co-founded in 1972. Silvia Federici is a key influence to Konsthall C’s Home Works programme and her writing, teaching and political work inspired our research into the Women’s Day Off demonstrations in Iceland.

Dr Temi Odumosu is an art historian, creative educator, and postdoctoral researcher for the Living Archives Research Project at Malmö University. Her international research and curatorial practice is concerned with the visual politics of slavery and colonialism, Africa in the archives, Afro-Diaspora aesthetics, and more broadly exploring how art mediates cultural transformation and healing. Her upcoming book Africans in English Caricature 1769-1819: Black Jokes, White Humour will be published by Brepols in the summer of 2016.

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Spring Task / Artist talk & performance

May 29 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

Artist talk and performance 30th May at 3pm at The Living Art Museum, Völvufell 13 – 21.

You are warmly welcome to a guided tour and an artist talk hosted by the artist Kristín Helga Káradóttir. She will talk about her current solo show Spring Task on Saturday the 30th of May at 3pm. Also to brighten up your day there will be pancakes and hot chocolate for guests. Hope to see you all.
Spring Task is a solo exhibition by Kristín Helga Káradóttir. It is the last exhibition in the current exhibition series titled Cyclorama and part of the Reykjavik Art Festival 2015.

Through a dreamy-realistic setting the artist calls upon the beginning of Spring; the tension between the transition of interior and exterior. A longing for better conditions and calmer seasons exhibits itself within the raw manmade construction, far from the elements of nature. The spring task itself evolves around clearing out the remnants of winter, the need for a fresh spirit and clean environment, as the need for building and creating unity is restless.

The exhibition’s grounds and elements are produced in Káradóttir´s personal vision of the Living Art Museum´s surroundings and cultural aspects in Breiðholt, Reykjavik, mixing with Káradóttir´s critical and analytical thinking from an artist’s´point of view. These two poles collide and create an overlap of art forms.

She who works for herself
perforce must talk to herself
in the silence
in the garden
in the notebook
in the exhibition space.
But when her work speaks for her
something new is born
a new beginning
a conversation with the world.

Ég er listakona. My native language is Icelandic.
I’m a mother and I’m a single mother.
I am looking for foreign women who want to participate in a performance
with the hope of collaboration.

Kristin Helga Káradóttir studied Fine Art at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, graduating with a BA degree in 2004 and Master Degree in 2014. During her studies she went on an exchange course at the Art Academy in Copenhagen and Fjon. Kristin Helga has exhibited her work worldwide and taken part in artist residencies abroad. Her work has traveled around the world and been part of exhibitions and video festivals.

The theatrical performance and the body is a powerful medium in Kristín’s works. In her practice she uses video, performance, photographs and installations and she is particularly interested in blurring the borders between these mediums. Kristín uses her own body within the performance but in recent pieces she has teamed up with other performers as could be seen in Kristín´s MA degree piece which was a durational performance called Sigh performed within the museum walls of Gerðar Museum in Kópavogur. Her pieces play on the border of human existence, the translated state of the human being within a particular environment and giving rise to the people, the audience questioning and triggering reaction.

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