National Gallery of Iceland (Listasafn Islands), Reykjavik

(2.4/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Located in a nice building luninoso offers a bit less than you would expect, even for the price of admission (which allows you to see two other museums). The exhibits of modern art can be interesting too but have to like the genre
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  • Art did not keep my attention real well. I thought some of the space could be better used with different artwork. "Everytime I go to an art museum I am reminded that I am not an artist." 
  • Lovely museum, we saw an exhibition dedicated to the double of Valtyr Gudlaugur Pétursson, 1919-1988. Nice overview of his work. A delightful small café with fine coffee and delicious cake. The museum is also interesting with books on various Icelandic artists. I bought a book about Asgrimur Jonsson, beautiful watercolors of the Icelandic landscape around 1920. A super souvenir.
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  • Beautiful gallery with an outstanding mix of traditional and contemporary art.
  • I loved the art, even though they were between showings.
  • Great place to spend an hour or 2 walking around. Don't expect it to be the Louvre. There were only 3 rooms with artwork but it was all Icelandic work. Take your time and read the stories behind each painting/sculpture.
  • Limited pictures on show and most galleries given over to one comtemporary artist....rather a waste of good space. I would show many more icelandic artists from the collection and one gallery of comtemporary art. The cafe is fabulous....try the spinach pie.
  • Beautiful exteriors, even in snowy dark winters