List: Editorial

List: Editorial


Welcome to our first edition of LIST! In English the word could be understood as analogous to “index” or “register”; in German it means “trick” or “guile”. But LIST is also the Icelandic word for “art”—and therefore the name of this monthly information magazine on the contemporary visual art scene in Iceland.

Per capita, there are more inhabitants participating in the arts in Iceland than in any other European country. In regard to their geographical isolation, Icelanders in general are very energetic, open minded and very mobile. “Like the young rock on which the Icelanders live, their thinking is similar: young, raw and insubstantial—unlike the solid marble of the Continent,” as artist Gabríela Friðriksdóttir stated. LIST icelandic art news provides information about art-related topics and introduces artists, projects and art institutions. One of the artists introduced in this issue is the previously quoted Gabríela Friðriksdóttir. She will represent Iceland in this year’s Venice Biennale. In addition, she is participating with thirty other artists in the Reykjavík Arts Festival, which opens the weekend of May 14. This edition of LIST will focus mainly on those two events.

LIST aims to give an insight into the wide spectrum of Icelandic art activity—in Iceland and abroad. It will report on exhibitions and will publish interviews. List will also provide regular introductory articles on Icelandic artists.

LIST is published by CIA.IS – Center for Icelandic Art.

List: Icelandic Art News is published by the Center for Icelandic Art, a cooperative project of Iceland’s museums and artists’ organisations. List is edited by Christian Schoen and Jón Proppé. If you wish not to receive announcements of our new issues – or you want to contact us for any other reason – please send a mail to