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30 October, 202120 March, 2022

In this diverse exhibition, new works by contemporary artists are presented especially with children and young people in mind. The works are all in the collection of the Reykjavík Art Museum. Presentation, mediation and education aims to open up the world of art as it appears today for younger audiences. Along with the exhibition, there is a rich program as well as digital dissemination. “Abracadabra” is a word deriving from ancient languages that means: What I say becomes a reality. This is a magic word that describes how artists’ ideas become works of art.

The Reykjavík Art Museum’s collection houses a large number of works of art, with about seventeen thousand registered works and sketches of various kinds. When acquiring works of art into the collection, a choice is made that reflects the diversity of artistic creation at any given time. The exhibition Abracadabra aims to share the main elements that are found in the creative field of today. What characterizes today’s art? What are the artists’ subjects, methods, materials and challenges?



Alicja Kwade

Anna Júlía Friðbjörnsdóttir

Anna Hallin

Anna Líndal

Auður Lóa Guðnadóttir

Baldur Geir Bragason

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Fritz Hendrik IV

Guðný Guðmundsdóttir

Heimir Björgúlfsson

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir

Hildur Bjarnadóttir

Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir/Shoplifter

Hreinn Friðfinnsson

Karin Sander

Katrín Elvarsdóttir

Katrín Sigurðardóttir

Kristján Steingrímur Jónsson

Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson

Logi Leó Gunnarsson

Magnús Helgason

Margrét H. Blöndal

Matthías Rúnar Sigurðsson

Melanie Ubaldo

Ólafur Gíslason

Ólöf Nordal

Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir


Steingrímur Eyfjörð Kristmundsson

Unndór Egill Jónsson