The International Association of Art (IAA) has been affiliated to UNESCO as a non-governmental organization (NGO) since 1954 and is universally recognized as the only international professional association in the field of visual arts. The members are national association of artists in the fields of painting, sculpture, printmaking and other forms of creative work in the visual arts.
The IAA card is recognized and accepted by museums and art institutions around the world and is an important tool for the artists in their professional artistic research. These institutions, large or small, recognize the benefit they gain from enabling the artists (in the same way as art critics and art journalists) to visit exhibitions, art events and collections of art, to carry on research and to gain inspiration.
Front side of German card
Universal back for all countries
Purpose of the IAA card
The IAA card (International Identity Card for Professional Artists) grants to its holder free admission or price reduction to/in many museums, galleries and cultural institutions around the world. It is seen as a tool for the lifelong education of artists.
Conditions for application
Professional visual artists are eligible to apply for the IAA card. The following conditions should be fulfilled:
- If you are a member of an organization associating professional visual artists you should prove the membership with fees paid for the current year.
- If you are not a member of an organization associating professional visual artists you should prove that you have a professional degree in fine arts (unless you are a well-respected person in the visual arts scene).
Form of application and validity
It is the responsibility of the National Committees to issue the IAA card to artists living in their country. For a list of the European National Committees, please check the following link. Only those National Committees of IAA Europe are allowed to issue the card that pay the annual membership fee.
A photograph in printed or digital form must be submitted.
The validity of the card is different in each country (e.g. for one calendar year or two years on from the date of issue). Please contact your National Committee for detailed information.
Appearance of IAA card
The IAA card has an unified design: a front side with regional character, working as national card, and a back in blue colour with an uniform design in all countries. The office of IAA Europe provides a graphic template, which is available upon request for the National Commitees and has to be updated according to regional differences. The card has a walled size and is made of plastic.
Acceptance of IAA card
Unfortunately, there is no official list of institutions which accept the card, but several countries provide a listing of museums and institutions accepting it:
In addition, the following information is based on experiences by artists and provides an idea of its benefits. Please note that there is no official confirmation by the named institutions!:
- ‘I saved almost 100 euro during my trip to Paris. The IAA card allowed me free entry in Louvre, Rodin Museum, Musée de L‘Orangerie, Musée d’Orsay, Muséum national d’histore naturelle, Versailles. It also avoided hours of waiting in queues at the main entrances.’
- ‘We were in Stuttgart and got 30% discount on tickets in the state gallery.’
- ‘In the castle of Carcassonne the IAA card was accepted automatically.’
- ‘Whilst visiting the city of Zadar (antique basilica with an exhibition of contemporary sculptures) I tried to use the IAA card. They did not know about it, but accepted it after my explanation.’
- ‘I visited the city of Český Krumlov listed as UNESCO world heritage, but nobody knew the IAA card in Egon Schiele Art Center.’