The Architectural Collection is one of five special collections that the Museum is responsible for. The Architecture Department was established in 1993 and it has currently one specialist (architect) working full time, with outside assistance on research and exhibition projects. The activities of the department are focused on the collection of source material on 20th century Icelandic architecture, the modern movement in particular, as well as documentation on the work of Icelandic architects. The department currently holds between 25 - 30 important drawing collections of Icelandic architects and practitioners. In addition to this collection, the National Archive of Iceland keeps drawing collection with older architectural drawings (18th and 19th century) as well as the archive of the State Architect of Iceland.
The Architecture Department is involved in the general promotion of architecture with exhibitions, publications, lectures, reception of school groups and site visits. Emphasis has from the beginning been placed on exhibiting architecture together with other visual arts and not as a isolated phenomenon.The audience is the general public in Iceland and people with general interest in the visual arts, rather than a specialized audience of architects and designers.
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