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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  • An ice house in 1916. The ice was taken from the pond and kept there until needed to keep food fresh and dead fish. Now it's a gallery. Pretty building. A nice visit. Nice location.  more »
  • I went to Reykjavik city, exploring the half. It is a museum located on the eastern shore of choltonin Lake. Location, nice building next to the Church is. If you want to see the paintings of Iceland is recommended museums.
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  • says they have 11,000 items but you are lucky to see perhaps 50, the rest must be hidden away, they prefer to show you masses of empty wall space  more »
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  • Whilst the setting of this gallery is quite pleasant it is filled mostly with ultra modern art. Something that is not all that attractive in my view. If you are however into modern interpretations of either former work or modern art then I would recommend. This is not a large gallery and the prices in the gift shop are extortionate even for Iceland,
  • Strong focus on more modern art, which seemed a shame given their large collection of owned works. No real flow to the curation.
  • It's the best museum in Reykjavik, but that's not saying much. Pretty small.
  • I loved the art, even though they were between showings.
  • A stunning gallery with a variety of art work.

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