Reykjavik Art Museum is located in three different buildings, Hafnarhús on the waterfront, Kjarvalsstaðir on the Miklatún park and the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum near Laugardalur.


kjarvalstadir 1Kjarvalsstaðir is mainly devoted to paintings and sculpture by well established Icelandic and international artists. It offers a permanent exhibition of key works by one of Iceland’s most beloved landscape painters, Jóhannes S. Kjarval (1885–1972), as well as changing exhibitions that explore various thematic and historical aspects of Icelandic art. Kjarvalsstaðir has a bright and spacious restaurant with a wonderful view of the museum grounds (Miklatún). The Kjarvalsstaðir shop offers books and exhibition catalogues in English about Icelandic art, in addition to postcards and art posters.

Johannes S. Kjarval

kjarvalstadir 2Johannes S. Kjarval holds a special place in Icelandic art history and culture as one of the most highly regarded artist of the nation. He was a living legend and by many considered the ultimate romantic bohemian artist. His roots lay in the old Icelandic rural community, but his life and art are tightly bound to the cultural awakening of the nation in the first half of the 20th century. Kjarval is famous for his interpretation of Icelandic nature. He captured the beauty and the mystical quality of the land. His landscapes express a comprehension of nature based on the gift for entering into it and perceiving it from within, along with a strong sympathy for all living things that inhabit it. His depiction of lava emphasizing its surface and tactility gave a new dimension to the Icelanders' perception of nature and brought its close and unassuming details to their attention.

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  • Address: Flókagata
  • Postal Code: 105
  • City: Reykjavík
  • Tel #: +354 552 61 31
  • Opening Hours:

    Everyday 10:00 - 17:00


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