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Reykjavík Art Museum – Ásmundarsafn


Reykjavík Art Museum – Ásmundarsafn (Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum) is the former home and workshop of the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893-1982) who designed and mostly constructed this building himself.

The museum serves to preserve his work and life, and displays the largest collection of his sculptures both inside and outside the building. Ásmundur´s art greatly reflects his lifelong interest in the Icelandic sagas, Folk tales and classical mythology. The building itself is a magnificent work of architecture, largely inspired by the Egyptian pyramids and the mosques of the Middle East. The impressive sculpture garden surrounding the building can be enjoyed for free by anyone at any time of the year. The museum also houses a museum shop.

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.

Reykjavík Art 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. The museum is open daily and the entrance ticket is valid to all the three museums.

 

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