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 Good for art lovers, not a great place to bring kids. This gallery features installation art work along with the pictures like the one attached to this review. Some of the work is in very dark rooms with scary sounds. Obviously this is not a negative about the work, just be warned if considering pushing your stroller in. Yoko Ono has a few pieces featured here, one is a phone in which you are encouraged to answer if it rings (she apparently randomly calls) the other is a wall of women's eyes and experiences with sexual inequality. Another galley encourages the visitor to participate, drawing on the walls, adding to the art itself.
  • The building is pretty cool but the exhibits were, in all honesty, a bit too sparse, weird and not interesting in a make you ponder kind of way. Definitely wish we hadn't spent money on that admission fee.
  • The gallery was mostly closed, however you still paid full price for the two exhibits open. One of which was an American photographer. The other, ironically, was a very minimalist exhibit that the term ' empty room' could capture. Art imitating life. Waste of money.
  • Beautiful art
  • I am personally not a big fan of art and sculptures, but there is some thing about his museum, it shows the works of Asmundur Sveinsson and was opened in 1983. They have sculptures in the garden surrounding the museum. Asmundur was one of the pioneers of Icelandic sculpture. There is a small shop where you can buy a copy of his works.

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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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