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National Gallery of Iceland - Listasafn, Reykjavík: 7 reviews and 25 photos
The National Gallery of Iceland (Listasafn Íslands, list=art) has several exhibition halls on three floors exhibiting various art forms, both Icelandic and international art. The main emphasis is on 19th and 20th century art. I have found the exhibitions both intriguing and provocative. They are well worth a visit when you are exploring down-town Reykjavík.
The National Gallery was founded in 1884, but has only been in its current location since 1988. It was founded in Copenhagen by Björn Bjarnason, but in 1916 The Icelandic Parliament decided on making it into a department at The National museum. It changed locations a couple of times. The current building housing the Gallery used to be an icehouse built in 1916. In this building there used to be a discotheque called Glaumbær.
On ground-floor there is a gallery-art store and on first floor there is Café Kaffitár.
It is open daily from 10-17 and closed Mondays.
As with most other museums and galleries it is not allowed to take pictures inside the National Gallery of Iceland.
My cousin, Pétur Thomsen, just opened his photographic exhibition there (September 16th, 2010). It is called Imported landscape and will be open until 7.11.2010. I recommend going there, the photos are amazing!
Address: Fríkirkjuvegur 7, 101 Reykjavík
Directions: The National Gallery is right next to the Free Church (Fríkirkjan) by the pond Tjörnin, a 5 minutes' walk from Lækjartorg bus-station.
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