There’s a great deal of art to be seen in Reykjavik, and that’s excluding its vibrant street art. In fact, city cardholders are able to get into many of the Art Museums Reykjavik for free. Follow our Bluehouse Blog for more.
Art Museums Reykjavik: Which are the Most Popular?
There are three buildings belonging to the Reykjavik Art Museum dotted around the city. These are called Hafnarhús, Kjarvalsstaðir, and Ásmundarsafn. They are the more well-known galleries in the city.
Firstly, Hafnarhús is probably the most well known. It sits near the old harbour in what used to be a fishing warehouse. It permanently houses the work of Erró, one of Iceland’s most famous artists.
Secondly, Kjarvalsstaðir is dedicated to the Icelandic painter, Jóhannes S. Kjarval, who started as a fisherman. It was while studying in Copenhagen that his work became influenced by more eclectic and experimental themes.
Lastly, we have Ásmundarsafn, which shows the work of Ásmundaur Sveinsson. He specialised in sculpting. He strongly believed that art should be accessible for everyone and not just the rich. This is why his work can be found planted all over Reykjavik in public spaces like parks.
And the Others?
There are plenty more art exhibitions in the Icelandic capital. For example, there’s The Einar Jónsson Museum, a sculpture garden and gallery. The artist would often spend over 10 years on a singular piece of work.
There’s also the National Gallery of Iceland, which holds a lot of Danish artwork.
Are you a photo lover? You can also visit the Reykjavik Museum of Photography. The Guardian called this one of the best free museums in Europe, which is quite a feat. (Although there’s now a small entry fee, but we can’t really complain.) It has joined forces with the Maritime Museum, the Settlement Museum and the Open Air Museum for past exhibitions.
However, one of the most interesting and fresh museums in the city is The Marshall House. It’s Reykjavik’s newest gallery and it showcases work which emulates cultural and socioeconomic trends. On the second floor, there’s a Living Art Museum which not only showcases artwork but is an alternative music venue and film screening room as well.
Next, we have The Nordic House. This gallery fused with a bistro strengthens bonds with other Nordic countries, through meet and greets, screenings and art exhibitions. It’s also home to the Reykjavik International Film Festival.
As well, there’s the Hafnarborg gallery started in the 80s. It’s a cultural gallery made to promote Icelandic pride and celebrate the country’s landscape and identity.
Lastly, we have Gerðarsafn, which focuses on highlighting modern and contemporary artists. It showcases over 4250 artworks.
Clearly, there’s something for everybody in Reykjavik, even those who don’t usually gravitate towards art.
Which one was the most interesting for you? Let us know in the comment sections down below!