Reykjavik Art Museum (Listasafn Reykjavikur), Reykjavik

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See some of the best contemporary Icelandic art together with international works at Reykjavik Art Museum (Listasafn Reykjavikur). The museum complex spreads over three locations in the city and features the nation's largest collection of art. Each museum building houses a permanent collection of work from one of Iceland's great artists – painter Jóhannes S. Kjarval, postmodernist master Guðmundur Guðmundsson Erró, and sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson. In addition to permanent displays, the museum frequently organizes events and hosts visiting exhibits. Check online for exhibit schedules and to reserve guided tours. Add Reykjavik Art Museum (Listasafn Reykjavikur) to your Reykjavik travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Reykjavik trip planner.
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  • The museum is a repurposed factory or warehouse and features modern art. The building itself is interesting and worth seeing and going through. The primary exhibit when we visited was work by the Icel...  more »
  • We happened upon a magnificent and stunning exhibition. The museum was cleared out for an eclectic showing of repetition art. It is modern and avant garde.  more »
  • a woman dressed d gold scratching a guitar, all surrounded by filaments d... recognized Erro, artist work and a performance by the band The National, pleasure to discover in this performance more than six hours j loved the development, these large metal walls and the large openings on the PS poort keep your ticket for the other two museums
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  • Very cool contemporary art museum showing some of Iceland's modern and weirdest artist. It's small but had a great time here!
  • MODERN art museum, nearly all shows will be by contemporary artists and you need to look into what show is going on, there is no big permanent show. Make sure you like the artist before wasting your time on something that doesn't appeal to you.
  • First off, I must say the building is gorgeous. The galleries are arranged in a fantastic way, I loved that part of it. I feel almost bad for the low rating, because I did not want to be reviewing the art, but here I am. I'm a fan of modern and contemporary art, the upper level had some exhibitions of fair work. One series of pencil sketches was literally an assignment I was given in art school in 1999, and it did feel more like a student show than a national level gallery. My main gripe is with the main gallery showing of Erro's work. Almost all his contemporary work is doing a small collage and then recreating it as a large scale painting, which is fine, but nearly every piece of this work is based off comic book art by Jack Kirby, and Kirby is credited no where. It's immensely distasteful and disrespectful for Erro to be using Kirby, who worked in American comics for over 50 years and created some of the most important work in the genre, to further his own career without at least mentioning that nearly every work shown is directly lifted from Kirby. Other comic artists are used as well, R. Crumb, John Byrne, both John and Sal Buscema to mention a few, and no credit is given. Erro's work is well done, it's just more the work of comic artists than it is his own.
  • Beautiful building. However art is very strange, and very sparse. Ie. There would be a big room with a single projector, or a large room with a TV. A bit bare and not as beautiful.. .maybe I'm not that into modern art. :)
  • Beautiful building, but the art inside... What is? Why? Really no sense, sparse...

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In this highly walkable capital, many of Reykjavik's hotels and guesthouses offer close proximity to the city's popular attractions, bars, and restaurants. The waterfront offers an exciting dose of activity. Although Reykjavik provides plenty of accommodations to its flocks of visitors, there is a dearth of budget options in the city. Price-conscious visitors should consider staying in a hostel, with both private and dorm rooms available, or a nearby campsite. Although the campground is not as centrally located as some hotels, guests are better positioned to take advantage of the natural surroundings.
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