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10.10.2011

 

Art a la carte in Reykjavik : Einar Jónsson Museum, Galerie Agust, Nutimalist, Galerie i8, .... modern, established, confident & international

Art is very popular in Iceland. So it comes as no surprise that Reykjavik alone is home to 20 museums and galleries. We took a look at some of them ourselves and met what one would meet everywhere else in the world: tourists.

Einar Jónsson Museum – The museum is the former home of a sculptor with a foible for mythological grandeur, Einar Jónsson(* 11. Mai 1874 in Galtafell, Iceland; † 18. August 1954). His rather compact but still impressive living space on the upper level remains in its original condition and is still accessible to the public, including a breathtaking view. It is difficult to imagine today that the house was originally built on an absolutely isolated spot on a mountain located right before the harbour town of Reykjavik. Photographic proof is available on location.

Also worth taking note of: the people of Iceland are the only folk in Europe whose number doubled since the Second World War. Even today, the average Icelandic women gives birth to four children. Not to worry, the chances are slim that there will ever be space issues on the island. In order to avoid any unwelcome surprises, young folks of Iceland refer to the website www.islendingabok.is to check the degree of relation to their lovers ones as early as the second date.

Even the alluringly austere church Hallgrímskirkja next door offers art for all to enjoy – Photographic proof with interesting works by the artist Þóra Þórisdóttir here on GoSee – sex in the church!

The Evangelic-Lutheran parish church of the Icelandic national church was built in 1954 and is the largest church building in Iceland and the second-highest building in the country, right after the Smáratorg-tower.

The people of Iceland tend to refer all comparisons and statistics to Iceland itself. The preferred method is calculating everything per citizen and the native of Iceland is convinced that his home is always better off than other nations – all relative of course.

You can find all sorts of art schools in Reykjavik, such as naïve art in the Galerie NUTIMALIST (Skólavördustigur 3a), modern photography exhibitions with established names like Robert Mapplethorpe at i8 (Tryggvagata 16, www.i8.is) or fine art at Galerie AGUST (Baldursgata 12). An impressive bouquet of creativity.

Another recommendation: the Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum of sculptor Sigurjón Ólafsson. The museum is a private fund run by his widow, Birgitta Sput in Laugarnes, a borough of Reykjavik.

Of course, there is also the Reykjavík Museum of Photography on the 6th level of the Grófarhús. Founded in 1981 as a private institution, it was nationalised in 1987.

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GoSee ICELAND Special : Hallgrímskirkja church

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GoSee ICELAND Special : i8 Gallery

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GoSee ICELAND Special : Borkur Arnarson (i8 Gallery)

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GoSee ICELAND Special : Einar Jónsson Museum

GoSee ICELAND Special : Einar Jónsson Museum

GoSee ICELAND Special : Einar Jónsson Museum

GoSee ICELAND Special : Einar Jónsson Museum

GoSee ICELAND Special : Einar Jónsson Museum

GoSee ICELAND Special : Einar Jónsson Museum

GoSee ICELAND Special : Einar Jónsson Museum

GoSee ICELAND Special : Einar Jónsson Museum

GoSee ICELAND Special :  Nutimalist Gallery

GoSee ICELAND Special : Nutimalist Gallery

GoSee ICELAND Special :  Nutimalist Gallery

GoSee ICELAND Special : Nutimalist Gallery

GoSee ICELAND Special :  Nutimalist Gallery

GoSee ICELAND Special : Nutimalist Gallery