Reykjavik Art Museum Kjarvalsstadir

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Reykjavik Art Museum Kjarvalsstadir

Reykjavik Art Museum Kjarvalsstadir
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Parks • Coffee Shops • Art Museums
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
About
As a part of Reykjavík Art Museum, Kjarvalsstaðir houses the works of one of Iceland’s most influential and recognised artists, Jóhannes S. Kjarval. The exhibitions at Kjarvalsstaðir focus primarily on paintings and sculptures of the established masters of modern art. The building is a fine example of Nordic modernism, it features floor-to ceiling windows that look onto the beautiful Klambratún Park. One can take in the view while enjoying a drink or a snack at the Museum's Café. The Museum's Café is open from 10h00-17h00. There is also a Museum Store in the lobby and a lovely family-activity space, the Idea Lab. Jóhannes S. Kjarval (1885–1972) has a unique place in Icelandic cultural history, as one of the nation's most beloved artists of all time. He was a legend in his own lifetime, and in the eyes of many he was the archetypal romantic bohemian artist. Kjarval donated some of his works and personal effects to the city of Reykjavík in 1968.
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Jennifer O
Asheville, NC34 contributions
Must-see for art lovers
Jun 2021 • Family
This museum juxtaposes work from Iceland’s most famous artist, Kjarval, with work from contemporary artists. Kjarval was a brilliant artist who had many styles, and it was interesting to see his work placed brilliantly alongside current artists’ works. This is a must-visit for any art lover, and my favorite of the three Reykjavik Art Museum locations.
Written 28 June 2021
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FdHeer
London, UK97 contributions
1 of 3 national museums, worth visiting
Mar 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed the walk from the harbour to the cathedral then onto this museum. You can buy a ticket for all 3 national museums . There was a textile exhibition which is not my thing but we enjoyed the art. The restaurant looked good but we were walking back into town. The lady who sold us the tickets was friendly and informative.
Written 13 March 2020
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Malgorzata
10,349 contributions
Quite interesting and nice museum
Jun 2019
This is a pretty good museum. The architecture of the building is really worth seeing. Two temporary exhibitions are a must-see while in Reykjavik. Small but beautiful collection. They also have a small cafe, where you can rest and drink a coffee.Staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. I was enjoying my visit. I would most definitely recommend a visit to the museum.
Written 11 March 2020
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DebsNeath_UK
Neath, UK42 contributions
Mixed reviews
Nov 2019
They had a number of temporary exhibits which were in equal parts bizarre and fascinating but overall it lacked in substance.
Written 8 November 2019
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Joe L
Blairstown, NJ499 contributions
average
Sep 2019
Highlights the famous artists if Iceland. A quick walk is all you need to investigate totally. possible skip?
Written 23 October 2019
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Ervin A
322 contributions
I recommend you to visit.
Mar 2019 • Friends
Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalsstaðir, spacious museum opened in 1973 and is named after the painter Jóhannes S. Kjarval (1885-1972) one of Iceland´s most recognized artists.
J.S.K is best known for his interpretation of nature and the mystical visual world with basic vision, nature is alive.

The exhibitions at Kjarvalsstaðir are primarily on paintings and sculptures of the established masters of modern art.
The museum also houses a café and expensive design-and-book store looks out to onto the Klambratún Park, RKV 105.
Go and visit this museum.
Written 11 July 2019
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Albert S
York, UK126 contributions
Museum Visit
Mar 2019 • Couples
We walked to this museum from the harbour. It took about one hour and enabled us to look at things en route. The museum itself was holding an exhibition of Kjarval. This was excellent and of the three art museums to me was the best. The paintings and artefacts were amazing and well laid out. Again a tremendous feeling of space which allowed one to view without getting in the way of others. An excellent visit and the cafe was brilliant for a soup lunch
Written 25 March 2019
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InexpensiveEater
Saint Louis, MO17 contributions
A lot for a little
Feb 2019 • Family
We visited the Kjarvalsstaðir building of the Reykjavik art museum located in Klambratún Park on a very rainy winter day. It was part of one ticket including admission to all three buildings that form the museum - Kjarvalsstaðir, Hafnarhus and Asmundarsafn, which we also visited. Kjarvalsstaðir features two galleries in a modernist building. After stowing our wet belongings in the provided lockers, we explored an exhibition called "Author of Great Expectations" featuring the work of Jóhannes S. Kjarvals. Mr. Kyarvals' featured work included large landscape paintings and portrait drawings, which seemed inspired by Iceland's natural beauty, but included bits of Icelandic mythology and whimsy. It was interesting to see how a native expressed his obvious love for his country through his art. We also saw the exhibition of Op-Art entitled Circle, Square and Line by Eyborg Guðmundsdóttir. The works in that gallery felt colder and more austere, which is understandable given the abstract art oeuvre they represent. The curatorial staff did a good job putting them in context and depicting though lighting, shadow projection and displays featuring the artist's graphic design work, the full breadth of this artist's vision. There is also a cosy bistro and busy child friendly craft section that made this cubist building feel full, used and loved - not an easy thing. Please note the building does close at 5 pm.
Written 9 March 2019
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tracya727
Bordon, UK20 contributions
Treat for Daughter studying Art
Feb 2019 • Family
We enjoyed our shirt visit to this museum although it is quite small. To get the best value out of the entrance fee we also visited one of the other museums.
Written 24 February 2019
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Nina C
Surrey, UK50 contributions
Interesting modern art
Dec 2018 • Family
We only had time to visit one art gallery during our time in Reykjavik so we chose this one as it was closest to our hotel. (NB The entry ticket is valid for 24 hours and allows admission to the other two art galleries in Reykjavik.)

There are two exhibitions within Kjarvalsstadir joined by an attractive central cafe area. The permanent exhibition is of work by the famous Icelandic artist Kjarval and I found this to be really interesting and nicely displayed. The second exhibition changes regularly and modern art by Haraldur Jonsson was on display during our visit. His art includes piles of plastic washing up bowls with holes in them, stacks of white cardboard boxes and a vast canvas painted black. This would not normally be our cup of tea but we found it strangely entertaining.

It was a really peaceful gallery to visit - there were only a couple of other people there.
Written 9 January 2019
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