Past exhibitions


Erró - Collage 2010 - 2011. From the exhibition

Erró - Collage

18 September 2010 - 21 August 2011

The exhibition offers, for the first time, an opportunity to discover a holistic selection of Erró‘s collages from Reykjavik Art Museum‘s Erró collection.

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Gardar Eide Einarsson, But, What Ends When The Symbols Shatter, 2009

Gardar Eide Einarsson – Power has a Fragrance

21 October 2010 – 9 January 2011

The dual theme of authority and rebellion is a departure point for Gardar Eide Einarsson’s visually hermetic, mostly black and white paintings, carefully constructed sculptures, photographs, videos, flags and flyers. Drawing heavily on graffiti, skateboarding and punk music, he engages with alternative and abject cultures in order to unsentimentally address the workings of contemporary society from within its anomalous manifestations.

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Bjarni massi. All Aboard, 2010

D18 – Bjarni massi

4 November 2010 – 9 January 2011

Reykjavik Art Museum brings attention to promising artists with a series of exhibitions in D-Gallery, series which won the DV culture award last year. Common to all of these artists is the fact that none of them have had an exhibition in any of the major galleries in the country and their works are specifically created for this space.

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Lilja Sóley Hermannsdóttir, Strong. Prize winner 7th and 8th grade primary school.

Erró Collage Competition

13 November 2010 - 9 January 2011

The purpose of the collage competition is to increase understanding and knowledge of collages, as well as interest in collages as an art form, among the general public and students alike. The competition revolves around making collages from found materials, i.e. newspapers, magazines, books and other published and two-dimensional material.

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Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir, Youve Got a Face With a View, 2011

Without Destination

20 January - 10 April 2011

The inspiration for the project Without Destination is the ever-increasing flow of domestic and international tourists through Iceland. Numerous contemporary artists and scholars have studied the complex relationship between humans and the environment in this context, and their research sheds light on the many factors that contribute to the tourist’s experience.

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D19 - Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir, Hops Hopsi, 2011

D19 – Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir

20 January — 27 February 2011

The D19 project, Hops Hopsi, is a 10-channel video installation created in 2010. The title of the installation is borrowed from the names of two clowns (Hop and Hopsi) who were once key characters at an amusement park in East Berlin—Spreepark, which has been abandoned since after the Berlin wall fell.

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Erró, Set for the film

Erró – Assemblage

20 January - 21 August

This exhibition is intended as an extension of the show Erró – Collage, also on display at Hafnarhús. Assemblage, a form of three-dimensional collage, first appears in Erró’s work in the series Mécamasks (1959) and in the props for the short film Mechanical Concerto for Madness, or the Mad Mechamorphosis (1962–1963) by Éric Duvivier.

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Helgi Már Kristinsson, #15,2007. Courtesy of the artist.

D20 – Helgi Már Kristinsson

10 March – 10 April

Chain Reaction, the D-Gallery exhibition by Helgi Már Kristinsson (b. 1973), features paintings and sculptures made by the artist in recent months.

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Tomi Ungerer, Sans titre, 1987-1990

Tomi Ungerer – Posters and Drawings

21 May - 24 July 2011

Tomi is an award winning illustrator and a trilingual author. He has published over 140 books ranging from his much loved children’s books to his controversial adult work. He is famous for his sharp social satire and his works forms an important commentary on the social and political changes that have occurred since the second half of the 20th century.

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Kristinn Hrafnsson, Stöðug óvissa, 2005

Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy

21 May — 4 September 2011

Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy offers an unusual overview of contemporary Icelandic art. Selected by eight curators, the exhibition is representative of the breadth and diversity of styles and artistic media pursued in Iceland today.

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Iceland Academy of the Arts – From the final Thesis Exhibitions

Iceland Academy of the Arts – Final Thesis Exhibitions 2011

23 April - 8 May 2011

A cooperative project of the Reykjavik Art Museum and the Iceland Academy of the Arts: students from the visual arts, design, and architectural departments show their final projects.

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Erró, Set for the film

Erró – Assemblage

28 July - 21 August 2011

This exhibition is intended as an extension of the show Erró – Collage, also on display at Hafnarhús. Assemblage, a form of three-dimensional collage, first appears in Erró’s work in the series Mécamasks (1959) and in the props for the short film Mechanical Concerto for Madness, or the Mad Mechamorphosis (1962–1963) by Éric Duvivier.

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Erró, Untitled (Sketch for painting „The Devil of Pompei‟) from the serie Les Carcasses (1955-1957), 1955

Erró - Drawings

3 September 2011 - 19 August 2012

World-renowned artist Erró might not be as well known for his drawings as for his paintings, but this exhibition presents around 200 of his works. The oldest are from 1944, the latest quite recent, and the artist has utilized a multitude of techniques and methods in creating them.

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Christian Ludwig Attersee, Shirt-Walley, 1994

Attersee – Dance in Shirt-Valley

3 September - 6 November 2011

Reykjavik Art Museum recently received a generous donation of graphic works from the Austrian artist Christian Ludwig Attersee and his gallerist and compatriot Ernst Hilger.

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Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, Untitled, 1981

Faster and Slower Lines - From the Collection of Pétur Arason and Ragna Róbertsdóttir

22 September 2011 - 1 January 2012

Since ancient times has man draws a line. A line is drawn in the sand, onto skin, onto soft cave walls. The line is marked by a finger, smoke, plants, animal hairs, coals, graphite, ink and blades, for different reasons and attitudes towards the meaning of the action and the drawing itself.

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Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, Spot, 2011. Photo Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson

D21 Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir

22 September - 20 November 2011

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir's experimental works are often based on games, which in turn are based on rules and the rules are of course systems. In games however, rules are never perfect, someone may cheat and sometimes the system itself doesn't make any sense.

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Björk Viggósdóttir, Kites, 2011

D22 Björk Viggósdóttir - Kite

24 November 2011 - 8 January 2012

Björk Viggósdóttir graduated from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2006 and has since produced a number of videos and installations. Björk works with colors, emotions, signs and other things from the everyday, which she brings to other dimensions by creating for them new perspectives and settings.

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Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttir - Tiger Butter.

Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttir

22 September 2011 – 1 January 2012

In recent years, the Reykjavik Art Museum has sought to connect to the public spaces of the city, and to debate on social matters inside the museum.

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Relja Borosak, Ég, 2011.

A Drawing Competition

12 November 2011 – 1 January 2012

Reykjavik Art Museum announces a two fold drawing competitionin connection with its exhibition Erró – Drawings. The competition consists of two categories, one for children in 7th to 10th grade in Icelandic compulsory schools and the other for the citizens of Iceland in general.

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Jóhannes S. Kjarval. Dreamship, ca. 1930

Kjarval – Key Works

27 January – 16 December

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Jean-Pierre Raynaud. 
Le Pot Doré, 1981

New Acquisitions 2006 – 2010

20 November 2010 – 23 January 2011

Donations and purchases of artwork have brought about the major part of the 800 works which have been added to the collection of the Reykjavik Art Museum in the last five years.

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North Gallery

Why collect artworks?

20 November 2010 – 23 January 2011

An educational, family- oriented open workshop in the North Gallery in conjunction with the New Acquisitions’ exhibition.

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Jón Gunnar Árnason, Cosmos, 1982. Courtesy of National Gallery of Iceland

50 Years of Icelandic Art at the Venice Biennale

5 February - 25 April 2011

As groundwork for the exhibition is a newly published research of Iceland’s participation in the Venice Biannale in Italy, which is first of its kind ever made on the subject. Icelandic artists have had their representative at this major international contemporary art exhibition for fifty years but their regular participation did not start until the year 1984.

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Jóhannes S. Kjarval, Kiddi og jeg, 1950 - 52


7 May - 21 August 2011

Open and informative workshop for children and families in connection with the exhibition Jór! Horses in Icelandic Art.

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Louisa Matthíasdóttir, Svartur hestur 1972. Courtesy of the owner.

Jór! Horses in Icelandic Art

7 May – 21 August 2011

The exhibition is curated by arthistorian Adalsteinn Ingólfsson. The horse has been an important subject to Icelandic artists from the beginning, either as the center focus in a painting or as a supporting role in landscape paintings. On show are oil paintings and three dimensional works by Iceland’s most distinguished artists from the beginning of the 20th century to present days, presenting the horse from different angles.

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Sigurður Guðmundsson, Still life,  1968.

A New Art Emerges

10 September - 6 November 2011

What happens when a new paradigm in art takes over from another? Does one simply merge into another or are there conflicts and cross currents? The mid-1960s saw a dramatic generational shift in Icelandic art.

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Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval

Kjarval‘s oddiTIES – An Untold Story

10 September - 30 December 2011

The workshop is in the form of odd stories about the legendary acts and activities of the well-known Icelandic artist Jóhannes S. Kjarval as performances.

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Daði Guðbjörnsson, Leið inn til Hjartans, 2008.

On the Trail of Odysseus - Daði Guðbjörnsson

19 November – 30 December 2011

The painter Daði Guðbjörnsson’s exhibition is inspired by the long and eventful voyage of Odysseus. Guðbjörnsson is not registering the voyage as such in images, but rather looking at the Odyssey as a fable of the soul spiritual search where the paintings manifest the body of that soul.

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Jóhannes S. Kjarval, Guðmundur Guðmundsson (Erró), 1948

Kjarval Moves Me: Young people get to know Kjarval

19 November 2011 – 15 January 2012

A group of secondary school students will be offered an insight into the challenging task of curating an exhibition through a new programme that engages the students with the Museum’s collection. A joint project by Reykjavik Art Museum and Kvennaskólinn í Reykjavík.

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Ásmundur Sveinsson. Artistic Inclination, 1936

Reykjavik Art Museum Ásmundarsafn “I choose blossoming women …” Woman as Symbol in the Art of Ásmundur Sveinsson

1 May 2010 - 17 April 2011

Many of Ásmundur Sveinsson’s works of art depict women – from loving mothers to domestic labourers, from sensitive souls to wild ogresses.

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Ásmundur Sveinsson

Thoughts in forms

18 April 2012

In the pyramid Ásmundur’s studio has been recreated, to give an idea of his working environment in Sigtún. In a reading room, visitors can learn more about the artist’s life and work.

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Ráðhildur Ingadóttir, Sleep Light, 2010. Photographer: Spessi.

Sleep Light – Ráðhildur Ingadóttir

20 May 2010 — 17 April 2011

The installation Sleep Light by Ráðhildur Ingadóttir comprises the dome of the Ásmundarsafn art museum, the sound of the space, a computer, a hand mirror, light projection and a shadow.

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Magnús Árnason, Homage, 2011

Magnús Árnason - Homage

30 April 2011 - 22 April 2012

Magnús Árnason´s installation Homage, in the dome of the Ásmundarsafn art museum, refers to Louis Pasteur´s (1822-1895) experiment who´s findings conflicted with the theory of spontaneous generation.

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Úr sýningunni. Ljósmyndari: Pétur Thomsen.

From Sketch to Sculpture - Drawings by Ásmundur Sveinsson

30 April 2011 - 22 April 2012

The exhibition From Sketch to Sculpture – Drawings by Ásmundur Sveinsson presents a small insight into the rich collection of drawings by the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson.

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