Past exhibitions


Erró, Léger, 2009.

Erró and Seven Teapots

22 March – 15 April

In connection with DesignMarch 2012 Reykjavik Art Museum will exhibit seven impressive Chinese porcelain teapots decorated by Erró in 2009 as the initiative of the French publisher Stéphane Klein.

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Ivar Valgardsson, Spill, 2013

Ívar Valgarðsson – Spill

19. January - 14. April 2013

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From Graduation Exhibition 2012

Iceland Academy of the Arts: Graduation Exhibition 2013

20 April - 5 May 2013

Students from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in the Fine Arts, Design and Architecture Departments show their final projects.

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Andrea Maack and Huginn Þór Arason

Huginn Þór Arason and Andrea Maack: Interval

25 May - 1 Sept.

At the heart of the exhibition Interval is a fragrance intended to embody the essence of a museum of the distant future.

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Study for All State at Hafnarhúsið. Credits: Theresa Himmer

Theresa Himmer: All State

25. maí -1. sept.

Installation in the elevator at Hafnarhús.

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Magnús Pálsson - The Sound of a Bugle in a Shoebox. Photo Rafael Pinho.

The Sound of a Bugle in a Shoebox: Magnús Pálsson - A Performance Retrospective 1980-2013

18. May – 1. Sept. 2013

A durational retrospective of the per­formance work of Magnús Pálsson (b. 1929), one of Iceland’s most prolific and influ­ential artists of the last six decades. His roots in and love of the theatre medium have informed his art­istic output, but so has his dedication to experi­mentation and his unfailing belief in the non-​​segregation of art forms.

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Erró - The Game

01. June - 26. January 2014

In this interactive exhibition, kids can reconstruct paintings by Erró, using large blocks with sections of paintings printed on each of the cubes six side.

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Steina Vasulka, Allvision, 1976

Icelandic video art from 1975 – 1990

14 Sept. 2013 – 19 Jan. 2014

The exhibition highlights the first steps by Icelandic artists in using video as an artistic medium. At around the same time video rentals started opening in Iceland, and music videos became an indispensable means of promoting new albums.

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Tomas Martišauskis, Creature, 2013

Tomas Martišauskis: Creature

14 Sept. 2013 – 12 Jan. 2014

Creature is a site specific installation by Lithuanian artist Tomas Martišauskis (b. 1977), which is a postmodern take on the relationship between sculptural matter and the space. Using advanced technologies he translates a specific sculptural object into various mediums thus expanding the notion of traditional sculpture.

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Erro, The World Today, 2011.

Erró: The World Today

12 Oct. 2013 - 24 Aug. 2014

This exhibition shows Erró´s gifts to Reykjavík Art Museum in recent years. The works add to the huge collection he has presented to the Museum over the years. His latest gift comprises a multitude of works – collages, oils, watercolours and enamels – which he has made over the past twelve years.

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Kjarval Complete

21 December 2012 - 20 May 2013

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Zoom Out – Salon exhibition from the collection

2 February - 20 May 2013

This unusual exhibition will give visitors a rare opportunity to see the Reykjavik Art Museum’s vast collection of Icelandic art. Artworks in a variety of media will be shown in a constantly changing display over a three month period.

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Jón Stefánsson, Sumarnótt, Lómar við Þjórsá 1929

Icelandic Art 1900-1950: From Landscape to Abstract Art

1 June - 22 Sept.

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Alexander Rodchenko, Lily Brik, 1924, © A. Rodchenko – V. Stepanova Archive © Moscow House of Photography Museum

Alexander Rodchenko: Revolution in Photography

5 Oct. 2013 – 12 Jan. 2014

The exhibition is a retrospective of the work of Alexander Rodchenko, one of the leading Russian artists of the first half of the 20th century.

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Jóhannes S. Kjarval, Hvítasunnudagur, 1917

Kjarval Complete 2 – The Banks‘ Collections

5 Oct. 2013 – 26 Jan. 2014

Over the years Icelandic banks have purchased and conserved many works by Icelandic artists, and they own large collections of art works by Jóhannes S. Kjarval, one of Iceland’s leading artists of the 20th century.

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Ásmundur Sveinsson

Thoughts in forms

18 April 2012

In the pyramid Ásmundur’s studio has been recreated, to give an idea of his working environment in Sigtún. In a reading room, visitors can learn more about the artist’s life and work.

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Ásmundur Sveinsson. Black Clouds, 1947

The Fire Within

5 May 2012 – 28 April 2013

Many of Ásmundur Sveinsson‘s sculptures disclose his agile feelings and reflect his painful loss and heartache. This exhibition in Ásmundur Sveinsson Scuplpture Museum builds on material from the artist‘s emotional quick; a new approach to his body of work.

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Tales from the Vault - Sculptures Inspired by Literature

11 May - 30 Dec.

This exhibition of works from the museum’s collection explores the literary motifs that inspired Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893-1982) in creating his sculpture.

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