Ásmundur Sveinsson

 

Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893–1982) was one of the pioneers of Icelandic sculpture. In his early days his pieces invariably met with opposition and fierce criticism but over the years they have established themselves as one of the manifestations of the Icelandic narrative tradition, society and nature in the 20th century. Ásmundur studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm under the guidance of sculptor Carl Milles. In the late 1920s he lived in Paris for three years and travelled around Italy and Greece. That time had no less effect on him than his student years in Stockholm.

Ásmundur remained faithful all his life to the principle that art was relevant to the people and belonged with the masses. He was called the “folk poet” of visual art, and without a doubt that ideal arose from his philosophy no less than from the tradition of sculpture. Many of his pieces were conceived as a part of public space, an integral part of the surroundings, or were developed as design and craft works.

Ásmundur bequeathed his works and his home/studio to the City of Reykjavík at his death, and the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum in Sigtún was formally opened in the spring of 1983. The collection spans his entire artistic career and shows how his work evolved and changed over his long life. A large number of Ásmundur's works can also been seen in public spaces in Reykjavík. In the garden of the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum there are regular exhibitions of Ásmundur's works and those of other artists. A number of the artist’s works are on display in the Sculpture Garden, either enlarged, or specifically conceived as outdoor pieces.

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Artist´s exhibitions

Play and Learn: Ásmundur Sveinsson for Families
Ásmundarsafn
01.02.202004.10.2020
Ásmundur Sveinsson: Under the Same Sky – Art in Public Spaces
Ásmundarsafn
19.01.201904.10.2020
Ásmundur Sveinsson, Mermaid, 1922.
Ásmundarsafn
15.11.201731.01.2018
Ásmundur Sveinsson, Head Ransom, 1948, oak, 66x45 cm.
Ásmundarsafn
20.05.201706.01.2019
Photo: Bragi Guðmundsson
Ásmundarsafn
16.04.201616.10.2016
Yearning for Space, 2015.
Ásmundarsafn
17.10.201528.03.2016
Ásmundarsafn
09.05.201504.10.2015
Ásmundarsafn
21.02.201501.04.2015
Ásmundarsafn
13.09.201401.02.2015
Ásmundarsafn
10.05.201431.08.2014
Ásmundarsafn
05.05.201228.04.2013
Ásmundarsafn
30.04.201122.04.2012
Ásmundarsafn
02.05.200918.04.2010
Ásmundarsafn
20.05.200320.05.2004