National Gallery of Iceland (Listasafn Islands), Reykjavik

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Listasafn Íslands er þjóðlistasafn og leggur megináherslu á 19. og 20. aldar list, íslenska og erlenda. Það á merkasta safn íslenskra verka hér á landi og eftir alla helstu myndlistarmenn þjóðarinnar. Það hefur einnig að geyma vaxandi safn erlendra verka eftir heimskunna listamenn, s.s. Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, Karel Appel, Hans Hartung, Victor Vasarely, Richard Serra og Richard Tuttle.

Listasafn Íslands heldur að staðaldri fjölbreyttar sýningar sem endurspegla listaverkaeign þess. Auk þess efnir það árlega til víðtækra sérsýninga á verkum íslenskra sem erlendra listamanna. Í tengslum við þær eru gefin út ítarleg og vönduð rit.

Í safnbyggingunum að Fríkirkjuvegi 7 eru nokkrir sýningarsalir á þremur hæðum, safnbúð og kaffistofa.

The National Gallery is a national museum and the main emphasis of the collection is on 19th and 20th century Icelandic art, but international art is featured as well. The museum owns the most valuable collection of works by Icelandic artists in the country. The collection also includes an impressive array of works by internationally renowned artists such as, Pablo Picasso, Edward Munch, Karel Appel, Hans Hartung, Victor Vasarely, Richard Serra and Richard Tuttle.

The National Gallery regularly holds colourful exhibitions reflecting its collection. The NG also hosts exhibitions by individual artists, Icelandic as well as foreign ones. These are complimented by an extensive publication of books, catalogues, posters and post-cards.

The National Gallery’s buildings at Fríkirkjuvegur 7 houses several exhibition halls on three floors, an art store and a café.
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  • From the Lawrence Weiner text art on the front of the building to the contemporary Icelandic artist's exhibition, and the Vasulka Chamber, I loved this museum experience. Had the cafe been open during...  more »
  • It‘s not that big. It has modern as well as older art. Some of the art is connected to the house and its history.  more »
  • The museum is relatively small with 3 rooms and a small exhibition space. One room was dedicated to a contemporary exhibit of long multi-colored ropes of hanging hair. The 2nd work has a large collect...  more »
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  • Pretty small gallery, full of modern art. Worth to visit if you like stuff like this. But I you or any of your companions not really fond of this art style you can definitely skip it as you won't loose too much. It is free if you got "City Card" that you can get from official visitors center. Currently you can see exhibition called "Rules of the Game". See photo for more detailed description
  • Very disappointing. One of the rooms was closed and that I think was the room that had a more traditional art on display. Only 2 rooms were open and the basement. I wish that when 25% of the museum is closed that they should inform you before you pay the admission fee. All displayed, are what I would loosely describe as modern "art". We were only in there for around 15 mins, as this form of "art" is of no interest to me what so ever. On a positive note, it is bright and airy. If you like modern art and understand how these sort of paintings, sculptures and videos get into a National Art Gallery then this is just up your street.
  • A beautiful collection of art by Icelanders with some other special displays tossed in for intellectual challenging. I am wont to develop a taste for installations so was unmoved by the down stairs show but still, it was interesting. They also have one of Picasso's most unusual sculptural works in the permanent collection. Well trained staff, unhurried, and pleasant. A very nice place to relax and begin to understand the culture from an artist's perspective.
  • Very small museum (as probably most of Reykiavik's museums), with some interesting pieces to see if you have something between 20 min up to an hour. Extra plus for super nice lady at the entrance :)
  • Not one of our favourite museums in Reykjavik, and probably not what one normally thinks of for a national gallery. A few modern exhibits, some of which were interesting but not extensive, and a couple rooms meant to go over most of the Icelandic art movements. While the art was decent (although only a couple painters would really be described as masterful), the context was lacking. Often there was little information about an artist's process, their influences, or what they were attempting to do in their work. When there was, it was in overwhelmingly wordy blocks of text, with too many dates and names to give the visitor a useful narrative.
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