The City Being


The Nordic House presents THE CITY BEING, this year’s main exhibition at the Nordic House. THE CITY BEING explores various aspects of our modern cities, with contemporary Reykjavik as the main point of reference. A selection of works by contemporary artists and designers, are put in dialogue with retrospective elements, tracing the imagining and making of the city across time.

Natural, mechanical and social systems in the city are examined and in the exhibition’s urban living room, you can for example see how Reykjavik has been depicted in Icelandic music videos and browse through books and novels about the city and urban planning. THE CITY BEING gives a poetic view on how we make the city and how the city makes us.

THE CITY BEING will be on display until autumn and there will be a special program of events related to the exhibition. The exhibition is curated by architect Anna María Bogadóttir. Partners for the project are City of Reykjavik, Iceland Academy of the Arts, the Icelandic National Planning Agency and Nordic Built Cities / Nordic Innovation.

Entrance fee: 600 isk / 300 isk (students and groups 10+) / free for children under 18, senior citizens and guests with disabilities.
Opening hours: every day from 11-17, Wednesdays from 11-21.

Works on display by:

Arkibúllan (IS)
Bêka & Lemoine (FR/IT)
Einar Þorsteinn Ásgeirsson (IS)
Hildur Bjarnadóttir (IS)
Hreinn Friðfinnsson (IS)
Jan Gehl (DK)
Jón Þorláksson (IS)
Krads arkitektar (IS/DK)
Ragnar Kjartansson (IS)
Sigrún Thorlacius (IS)
Sigurður Guðmundsson (IS)
Úti og inni arkitektar (IS)
Þórunn Árnadóttir (IS)

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