Over 1000 exhibitions and 2000 artists on a new website – artmuseum.is
The Reykjavík Art Museum is celebrating a landmark today, when information about over one thousand exhibitions which have been on display at the museum from the beginning become accessible on-line on a new website artmuseum.is/ listasafnreykjavikur.is. The site provides pictures and information about all exhibitions from 1973-2015. The website also contains information about two thousand artists who have exhibited in the museum since the founding of the museum 1973.
These are detailed information about over a thousand exhibitions, photos, 800 programmes, invitations cards and media materials. The oldest exhibit is recorded from the opening of the museum on March 24 in 1973 when the Kjarval´s exhibition The Art House at Miklatún was opened were 186 works by Kjarval were exhibited.
The website also contains information about nearly nine thousand works of art by Icelandic artists from the early twentieth century until 2015.
The website artmuseum.is/listasafnreykjavikur.is makes Icelandic art more accessible, and its intention is to promote interest in this important aspect of the national heritage. It also offers a new way of enjoying art and learning about Icelandic art history.
The Reykjavík Art Museum is Iceland’s largest art collection, comprising about 17,000 works of art. In addition to the general collection of art by a large number of Icelandic and foreign artists, the Museum’s collection also includes special collections of the work of three major Icelandic artists: Erró, Kjarval, and Ásmundur Sveinsson. These collections owe their existence to generous donations of works by artists and private collectors, and also to purchase of works. The new website now displays all the Museum’s works by Icelandic artists, with the exception of some drawings in the collection.