Listasafn Islands

Ásmundur Sveinsson

1893 Born on May 20th at Kolsstaðir in Western Iceland.

1915 Moves to Reykjavík and begins a woodcarving apprenticeship.

1919 Graduates as a qualified woodcarver and moves to Copenhagen.

1920 Moves to Sweden and begins his studies at the Academy of Art in Stockholm.

1922 Awarded a silver medal at the Academy for his work titled Mermaid.

1924 Travels to Iceland and marries Gunnfríður Jónsdóttir.

1926 Graduates from the Academy of Art in Stockholm and moves to Paris.

1928 Travels to Italy and Greece for six months. Exhibits the artwork Sæmundur on the Seal’s Back in Paris.

1929 Takes part in the spring Salon de Paris and moves to Iceland.

1930 Has his first one man exhibition in Iceland.

1935 Travels to Paris, London and Brussels.

1936 Spends the winter in Copenhagen.

1942 Begins the construction of his home and studio at Þvottalaugavegur (Sigtún).

1943 Moves in to his new home and studio with his second wife Ingrid Sveinsson.

1946 Builds pyramid shaped entrance to his new home.

1948 The Reykjavík Beautification Society purchases the sculpture The Watercarrier.

1951 The artwork Sæmundur on the Seal’s Back wins first prize in a is competition for the University of Iceland.

1955 Begins the construction of a semi-circular studio in his home backyard.

1960 Represents Iceland in the Venice Biennale with Jóhannes S. Kjarval.

1961 The book Ásmundur Sveinsson is published with a text by The Nobel Prize Winner Halldór Kiljan Laxness.

1967 Watercarrier is set up in Öskjuhlíð Reykjavík.

1969 Face of the Sun is enlarged and placed in front of Menntaskólinn in Reykjavik.

1982 Ásmundur Sveinsson passes away on December 9th.

1983 The Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum is formally opened.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 04.01.2015