Sites of interest in the Capital area: Visual Art Summer Guide Book

The capital area of Reykjavík, Kópavogur, Garðabær, Hafnarfjörður, and Mosfellsbær offers a wide selection of museums, galleries, and art venues.

Starting in the periphery of the Mosfellsbær Art Gallery a solo exhibition by artist Habbý Ósk is on display until the end of July. In Hafnarborg two solo exhibitions, Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson and Elísabet Brynhildardóttir can be viewed until the beginning of September. Finally, Gerðarsafn presents a solo exhibition by sculpturist Rósa Gísladóttir.

In Reykjavík, The National Gallery has on exhibition a solo exhibition by Sigtryggur Bjarni Baldvinsson and the installation ’Glassrain’ by Rúrí, Iceland’s representative at the Venice Biennale in 2003. The National Gallery extends to two other locations: Home of an Artists and The House of Collections.

Reykjavík Art Museum is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary of Kjarvalsstaðir with an exhibition series from the collection, entitled ‘Kaleidoscope’. In Hafnarhús the focus is on artwork from the 21st century and in Kjarvalsstaðir on artwork from the 20th century. On display are also works by renowned artists Erró and upcoming artists Dýrfinna Benita Basalan. The Reykjavík Museum also maintains an extensive collection of artwork in public space that can be viewed online and in the Reykjavík Art Walk app.

The Marshall House is a must for every art lover. The building hosts i8, artists run Living Art Museum, and Kling & Bang; the latest addition is gallery Þula.

When strolling around the center of town venues like Listval, i8 Gallery, SÍM Gallery, Gallery Port, Berg Contemporary, Portfolio Gallery, Ásmundarsalur and Gallery Fold are ideal for a drop-in.

If you are looking for an outdoor exhibition venue, four venues are open 24/7. The Einar Jónsson Sculpture Museum which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary has a garden that is well worth a visit, with works by Einar Jónsson (1874-1954) on display. The Reykjavík Association of Sculptures also has an outdoor sculpture garden, while Gallery Underpass and Gallery Sign are open around the clock.

In and around the downtown center a few smaller venues are of interest that have diverse opening hours. The newly opened Annabelle´s home, Phenomenon, Glerhúsið, and Flæði deserve a visit if possible.

For those who venture further than the downtown center, a few sites are worth visiting. Outdoor sculptures by internationally renowned artists Yoko Ono and Richard Serra are to be found on Viðey island, just a short boat trip away. Close by is the Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum with a retrospective from the collection. Further away the next site is Höfuðstöðin with an installation by Iceland’s representative at the Venice Biennale 2019 Shoplifter, Hrafnhildur Sigurðardóttir, entitled ‘Chromo Sapiens’. The last site to mention is at the edge of Reykjavík, in the Grafarvogur suburb area you can find an indoor and outdoor sculpture exhibition organized by Cafe Pysja and presenting artists from the Reykjavík Association of Sculptures

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