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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  • Went with three children, 11, 7 and 3 years old. There were not many visitors in the museum and we soon realized that a member of the staff was monitoring us very closely, following our every step and...  more »
  • 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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  • 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.
  • Modern and contemporary art. The contemporary exhibits were pretty strange, but the modern gallery included a wide variety of Iceland's best artists. Definitely worth a visit for art-lovers.
  • 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,
  • Very good expositions, english texts provided to every painting or installation, new friendly and lightful building. Very recommendable to get an overview of icelandic art in 2 to 3 hours.
  • I was a bit disappointed by both the quality and quantity of the work on display. It is not as big as you think. I would not recommend this. Instead visit some of the very nice and free sculpture gardens in reykjavik.

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