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Treasures of a Nation in the Culture House

Hverfisgata 15, 101 Reykjavík

Listasafn Íslands - Safnahúsið
19, October 2021 - 30, April 2022 (see calendar for other dates)
Open from 10.00am - 5.00pm

Website https://www.listasafn.is/syningar/fjarsjodur-thjodar-i-safnahusinu-vid-hverfisgotu-1
General Admission See on official website

In this building the National Gallery of Iceland displays masterpieces of Icelandic art. Here are works of art dating from the latter half of the 19th century to the present day, that reflect the artists’ wide-ranging themes, offering visitors the welcome opportunity to see many of the nation’s most important works of art.

In various rooms on the upper floors, works by pioneers of Icelandic painting depict Icelandic nature in a sublime light – and the enchantment of long, bright Icelandic summer nights has a universal appeal. Landscape, nature and how to depict them has been a constant in Icelandic art. But other themes are also seen here. The People of the Country have been an essential subject for many artists over the years, and here on the ground floor genre works are on display, depicting people of Iceland at sea and on the land, as well as expressive portraits.
Still lifes are also seen, in which artists work with everyday objects from their surroundings, colour, form and diverse textures; and, last but not least, the exhibition includes a selection from the National Gallery’s extensive collection of abstract art.

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