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.
Reykjavik Art Museum: Ásmundarsafn
The Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum is dedicated to the works of sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893-1982). Opened in 1983, the collection is housed in a unique building designed and constructed mostly by the artist himself from 1942-1959, drawing on architectural ideas from the Mediterranean, the domed buildings of the Middle East, and the pyramids of Egypt. The original building served Sveinsson as studio and home; behind it he built a crescent-shaped structure as a work- and exhibition space. Architect Mannfreð Vilhjálmsson designed the addition that now joins the crescent-shaped and original buildings. A sculpture garden surrounds the Museum, adorned with nearly thirty of the artist’s sculptures.
Ásmundur Sveinsson was a pioneer of sculpture in Iceland. He found his inspiration in the Icelandic landscape, literature, and people. The central features of the collection are massive, powerful and sometimes provocative works in praise of the Icelandic common people, folktales and nature.
Asmundarsafn has a museum shop where casts of selected works by Asmundur Sveinsson are available. The shop also offers postcards of works by Asmundur and books on the artist. The shop is open at the same time as the museum.
Guided tours are available upon request. For further information and bookings call +354 590 1200 or contact 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.
About Ásmundur Sveinsson
View artworks in the sculpture garden(pdf)
Das Ásmundur-Sveinsson-Museum verwahrt Plastiken und Zeichnungen aus allen Schaffensperioden Ásmundur Sveinssons (1893–1982), von den Skulpturen der Ausbildungsjahre bis hin zu den abstrakten Werken der letzten Lebensjahrzehnte. Der Hauptakzent des Museums liegt auf ausdrucksstarken, kraftvollen und manchmal geradezu bedrohlichen Werken, aus denen die isländische Natur und das einfache isländische Volk mit seinen Sagen sprechen. Das Museum befindet sich in einem einzigartigen Gebäude, das der Künstler weitgehend selbst entwarf und in den 30er Jahren baute. Um das Museum herum ist ein Skulpturengarten mit rund dreißig Werken des Künstlers.