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Kjarvalsstaðir, Reykjavik

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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  • We expected a low key provincial collection, and saw world-class art here. Kjarval was the equivalent of an Icelandic Georgia Okeefe or Emily Carr- well known in their respective countries but not nec...  read more »
  • The Kjarvalsstadir Art Museum is one of three that one can visit on the same ticket. From the Hallgrimskirkja it's about a 20-minute walk through pleasant residential neighborhoods. The building is a ...  read more »
  • Entry ticket combined with 2 other art museums which made the ISK1500 easier to bear. It's quite a small museum but still bigger than the other 2, and the art work was more interesting to me at least 
  • This art museum is dedicated to Johannes S. Kjarval one of Iceland most recognised artists. The building style is very modern. If you are into arts this is a good choice.
  • Extremely expensive but incredibly beautiful artwork. It's worth it.
  • Small and overpriced This museum is more for who is into Kjarval. I suggest you to take a look first a bit into his work before going. The admision comes as a pass for 3 different museums: Hafnarhús, Kjarvalsstaðir and Ásmundarsafn (Adults 1.400 ISK). That was the good thing because we use the pass to visit Hafnarhús that have a larger collection and is more like the kind of art I enjoy.
  • Dedicated to one of the most famous painters in Iceland. Great to visit if you know he artist.
  • Iceland is a beautiful country that does not only draw in masses of tourists, but also inspired artists to create a broad range of paintings. Surprisingly, most paintings in Iceland are not older than about one hundred and fifty years. Still, there are a few galleries and museums in Reykjavik primarily dedicated to local artists. One is Art Museum Reykjavik, a museum that is spread out across three locations. Art Museum Reykjavik at Kjarvalsstadir hosts more traditional Icelandic paintings. When I visited the gallery, the permanent collection of Icelandic art and the temporary exhibition “Icelandic Art 1900-1950: From Landscape to Abstract Art” were on display. The museum at Kjarvalsstadir looks impressively unimpressive from the outside, very much like a modern parish hall. However, inside, the building is nice and light, it features two large exhibitions rooms with three separate sections each. Some people might find it small, I liked that it is not overwhelmingly big like many other museums. I liked the mix of different themes and styles, landscapes and portraits, realistic and abstract. At the end, I liked some of the landscape paintings most. The staff seemed friendly, and while I was at the museum, there was a guided tour for school children. After wandering around the halls, I sat down in the cafe area in the centre of the building and had a coffee and a cake while looking out of the window. While the building itself does not really look very special, it is located within a nice little park that provides beautiful views and invites to a short stroll around the museum.
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