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Feb 06 2014 Published by under About

Starfsstefna Nýlistasafnsins 2013-2017

Skipulagsskrá Nýlistasafnsins

Annual Financial Reports

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Apply for Internship

Feb 06 2014 Published by under About

The Living Art Museum accepts interns all year round.

The museum prefers that interns make at least three months commitment of twenty five hours per week. A three month term allows every intern to see the process of putting together an exhibition from start to finish.

Within these parameters, scheduling is very flexible. All intern positions are unpaid.

Please submit your résumé at least two months in advance of the time you would like to apply for.

The Living Art Museum is a non-profit and artist-run organization, which means that everyone is involved in everything.

Interns must be hard-working, independent, meticulous, creative and interested in culture. Interns are expected to willingly assist in the everyday administrative tasks that are crucial to the running of the museum, such as making coffee, sending mails, painting walls and running errands.

All staff members are equally involved with these tasks, which we consider no less important to the museum than putting together exhibitions or researching works from the collection. We particularly encourage applicants curious about all aspects of running an artist-run institution.

In addition to putting up exhibitions, the museum is always involved with a number of special projects, such as programming in and around exhibitions, symposiums and other events. Interns may be specifically assigned to these projects.

Although we receive résumés from a number of highly-qualified applicants, we cannot efficiently take on more than two interns at any given time. Please keep in mind that we will give preference to those with skill sets that we particularly need at the time of application.

Résumés can be sent with the subject line “Internship” to nylo(at)

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The Living Art Museum

Feb 06 2014 Published by under About

Dorothée Kirch

Kolbrún Ýr Einarsdóttir
Associate Director

Birkir Karlsson
Collection Manager

Sunna Ástþórsdóttir

General Inquiry

Dorothée Kirch Chair
Anna Líndal
Claire Paugam
Kristín Rúnarsdóttir
Amanda Riffo

Alternate board
Auður Lóa Guðnadóttir
Almar Atlason
Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir

Design & Collaborators
Studio – Studio
Arnar Freyr & Birna Geirfinnsdóttir

The Living Art Museum (Nýlistasafnið) is a non-profit, artist-run museum and association, venue for events, exhibitions, performances, discussions and research. The museum was founded in 1978 in reaction to Icelandic art authorities disregard for contemporary art practices. The 27 founders, who met at an open meeting to discuss the then current situation in Icelandic cultural politics, were a diverse group at various stages of their artistic careers; some had been members of the SÚM movement, while others were still art students in the academy.

The Living Art Museum was founded as a non-political institution, with a pronounced engagement in reflections on society and cultural politics, and the role of introducing and maintaining a current dialogue on contemporary art locally and internationally.

The museum continues to be run according to its founding constitution, by a board of members elected by the association of The Living Art Museum. The museum’s extensive collection is based solely on donations by its members and friends.

Over the last 40 years, The Living Art Museum has offered a varied programme that has extended beyond art exhibitions, including performances, film and video screenings, live music, lectures and symposiums, poetry readings, and theatre.

Since its foundation The Living Art Museum has been an important forum in the Icelandic art community for introducing, reflecting, and debating the role of contemporary art.

In 2010 The Living Art Museum received the Icelandic Museum Awards.

The museum aims to:
•promote critical discourse and progressive practice in the field of visual art
•encourage and support emerging artists
•collect and preserve work by artists who are part of the museum’s history
•collect and preserve documents and data related to the museum’s history and collection
•collect and preserve documents relating to the parallel history of visual art, focusing on artist-run initiatives and performance art in Iceland
•continuously review its own institutional direction

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Jan 05 2014 Published by under About


Nýlistasafnið – The Living Art Museum
Völvufell 13-21
111 Reykjavík
551 4350



Kolbrún Ýr Einarsdóttir



Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir – Director
Claudia Hausfeld
Logi Bjarnason
Rebecca Erin Moran
Þóranna Björnsdóttir

Alternate board members
Becky Forsythe
Heiðar Kári Rannversson
Sindri Leifsson


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Jan 05 2014 Published by under About

The Living Art Museum is a non-profit organization operating partially with city and state funding.

Private supporters are invited to make a donation and assist us in meeting the challenge of funding our continuous programming. All donations will be used to further the production of artists working within the museum and contribute to the development of a strong arts community. Supporters play an essential role in maintaining Nýló´s important programme around progressive contemporary art.

Our program encourages Supporters to select one of the four organized levels on an annual basis. By becoming a Supporter of the Living Art Museum and our exciting programming you will receive regular newsletters along with unique opportunities and invitations within the museum. Those who support our program in addition to a certain amount will enjoy additional benefits, including receiving all printed matter published by the museum that year annually via post and more.

For further inquiries please contact nylo(at)


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  • The Living Art Museum
  • The Marshall House
  • Grandagarður 20
  • 101 Reykjavík
  • Iceland

Opening hours

  • Tue to Sun 12 – 18
  • Thu 12 – 21
  • Closed on Mondays

Public Transportation

  • Bus number: 14
  • Stop: Grandi


  • T: +354 551 4350
  • E: nylo(at)

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