Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstadir

Reykjavík Art Museum - Kjarvalsstadir (Kjarvalsstaðir) is the first building in Iceland intentionally designed to display works of visual arts.

It opened 1973 and is named after the painter Jóhannes S. Kjarval (1885-1972) one of Iceland´s most influential and recognized artists.  Work´s from him are on permanent display there. The exhibitions at Kjarvalsstaðir focus primarily on paintings and sculptures of the established masters of modern art.

The museum also houses a newly renovated café and design-and-book store. The building is a fine example of Nordic modernism and features floor to ceiling windows that look out to onto the beautiful Klambratún Park.

Reykjavík Art Museum is Iceland´s largest network of art museums and holds some of the most distinguished works in Iceland´s artistic landscape.  The museum is housed in three unique buildings and displays both modern and contemporary art, paintings, sculptures and works in different media by established local and international artists.

There are around 20 various exhibitions on show at Reykjavík Art Museum every year but you can always see exhibitions from Kjarval, Erró and Ásmundur Sveinsson. The museum exhibits run the gamut from the historical to the disorienting and boundary-pushing, while its special events rang from quiet, contemplative concerts to alternative rock events.