Reykjavik Art Museum is located in three different buildings, Hafnarhús on the waterfront, Kjarvalsstaðir on the Miklatún park and the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum near Laugardalur.
Hafnarhus, located in downtown Reykjavik, serves as the Reykjavik Art Museum’s institute of contemporary art. New developments in art are explored through diverse exhibitions of Icelandic and international artists. An exhibition of paintings by the Pop artist Erró is a permanent feature. Hafnarhús has a restaurant with a beautiful view over the harbour. There is a selection of foreign and local newspapers, art magazines and professional journals. The Hafnarhús shop offers local and foreign books about works of art and exhibition programmes, published by the museum, in addition to postcards and art posters.
Reykjavik Art Museum: Hafnarhús
The Reykjavik Art Museum took possession of its portion of Hafnarhús (Harbour House) in April 2000. Hafnarhús was built in 1932-39 for the offices and warehouses of Reykjavik Harbor and was at that time one of the largest buildings in the country. Chief designers of Hafnarhús were architect Sigurður Guðmundsson and the harbor master, Þórarinn Kristjánsson. Its central courtyard is a rare feature in Icelandic architecture. Detailed sources on the building’s design are lacking, as the original plans were lost.
Architects Margrét Harðardóttir and Steve Christer directed the renovation of the portion of the building which houses the art museum. Care was taken to preserve as much as possible of the building’s original architecture. The museum comprises six galleries, the courtyard, and a multi-purpose room.
Hafnarhús is home to the Erró collection and maintains an exhibition series devoted to his work
Kaffi lyst on the second floor at Hafnarhúsið offers selection of all kinds of cakes which are baked locally, delicious soups with homemade bread and salad, appetizing pies that are served with couscous and salad, hot panini and awesome sandwiches. Open daily 10 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The museum shop on the ground floor offers a selection of local and international art books, catalogues and other printed items. Postcards, gift cards and posters with reproductions of art from the collection is also available. Various art and craft objects are on offer, as well as quality castings from selected works by the Icelandic sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson. The shop is open at the same time as the museum.
Guided tours in foreign languages are available upon request. Information and bookings at tel +354 590 1200 or through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the visit at the museum
You are kindly requested not to touch the exhibited works of art.
Prams, backpacks, large bags, umbrellas, and the like are not permitted in the exhibition area. Access for people in wheelchairs is very good.
Pram parking – children’s strollers and wheelchair are available in the reception at no charge and cloakroom lockers.
Das Hafnarhús, im Zentrum Reykjaviks, dient als Zentrum zeitgenössischer Kunst. Im Museum werden Werke verschiedener Künstler aus dem In- und Ausland ausgestellt und eine Auswahl von Werken aus der Sammlung Erró ist fester Bestandteil des Ausstellungsprogramms. Im Museumsgebäude befindet sich eine Caféteria mit einem schönen Ausblick über den Hafen von Reykjavík. Dort gibt es eine Auswahl internationaler und nationaler Zeitungen sowie Kunst- und Fachzeitschriften. Im Museums-Shop des Hafnarhús werden in- und ausländische Kunstliteratur, die Ausstellungskataloge des Museums sowie Postkarten und Plakate mit Kunstmotiven angeboten.