National Gallery of Iceland - Listasafn, Reykjavík

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    Small, but interesting !!!!

    by jlanza29 Written Oct 14, 2014

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    Ok …. what Iceland lacks in museums it certainly makes up in character from it's people … with that being said we were walking around the small lake by city hall and stumbled upon this small but interesting museum ….

    Inside there is 4 different rooms with small exhibition's in every room.

    Admission price was 1000 ISK and we took about 20 minutes inside ….

    After visiting the rooms … I felt inspired to leave a gift of peace to the people of Iceland for a wonderful visit I had … lol ….

    My gift of peace to the people of Iceland

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    Listasafn Íslands - National Gallery of Iceland.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jan 28, 2012

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    The National Gallery of Iceland (Listasafn Íslands, list=art) has several exhibition halls on three floors exhibiting various art forms, both Icelandic and international art. The main emphasis is on 19th and 20th century art. I have found the exhibitions both intriguing and provocative. They are well worth a visit when you are exploring down-town Reykjavík.

    The National Gallery was founded in 1884, but has only been in its current location since 1988. It was founded in Copenhagen by Björn Bjarnason, but in 1916 The Icelandic Parliament decided on making it into a department at The National museum. It changed locations a couple of times. The current building housing the Gallery used to be an icehouse built in 1916. In this building there used to be a discotheque called Glaumbær.

    On ground-floor there is a gallery-art store and on first floor there is Café Kaffitár.

    It is open daily from 10-17 and closed Mondays.

    Free admission.

    As with most other museums and galleries it is not allowed to take pictures inside the National Gallery of Iceland.

    My cousin, Pétur Thomsen, just opened his photographic exhibition there (September 16th, 2010). It is called Imported landscape and will be open until 7.11.2010. I recommend going there, the photos are amazing!

    The entrance to the National Gallery of Iceland. The entrance to the National Gallery. Fountains by the entrance of the National Gallery. Inside the National Gallery - pictures not allowed The Viking by Sigurj��n ��lafsson by the entrance.

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    Listasafn Reykjavíku - Kjarvalsstadir

    by gordonilla Written Jul 17, 2010

    Kjarvalsstaðir museum is devoted to modern art of both Iceland and Internationally.

    It has permanent exhibitions of works by Johannes S Kjarval, known as one of most beloved painters in Iceland.

    This museum even has a café and a shop. The building is named after the painter, and opened for the general public 1973.

    It was quite enjoyable, the weather was crisp and a little snowy. It was pleasant to walk through

    Exterior (1) The Chess Players Interior (1) Exterior (2) Exterior (3)

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    National Gallery of Iceland

    by acemj Updated May 5, 2007

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    My Lonely Planet was wrong. I did not get an eerie and creepy impression from this museum at all and there is no longer any admission charge, so I highly recommend a quick visit to Iceland's main art gallery located alongside the eastern edge of the pond right next to the Frikirkjan. It's a very modern building with elevators and excellent handicapped access, a Kaffitar if you need a pick-me-up, and when I was there in April of 2007, a great exhibit of two Icelandic artists, Jón Engilberts and Jóhann Briem.

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    Listasafn (National Gallery of Iceland)

    by Jim_Eliason Written Oct 15, 2006

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    This gallery houses the most important of Iceland's contributions to art. Like most things in Iceland it is small by the standards of National Gallery's in other countries but has an interesting collection of art.

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    Icelandic National Gallery

    by Jmill42 Written Feb 11, 2006

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    For the art fanatics out there, this is the place to catch touring art shows and to see the best of original Icelandic artists. This is a really small museum, able to be completed in about 30-45 minutes, but is nice to visit because of the local artisry, which I would imagine can not be viewed many other places in the world. Here were my two favorite paintings.

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