Reykjavik Art Museum Hafnarhus, Reykjavik
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Address: 17,Tryggvagata, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland, Reykjavik
Ticket Price: 1500 ISK
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About Reykjavik Art Museum Hafnarhus, Reykjavik
This former harbour warehouse and fishery now houses six lovely galleries dedicated to the edgy art work of political painter Erro, also known as Gudmundur Gudmundsson. Most of the works here were donated to the city by the artist himself, who lives in Paris. But what really draws the crowds here are the temporary exhibits of progressive and experimental art by local artists. This exhibit is the latest addition to the Reykjavik Art Museum organisation. Occasionally, it even hosts poetry readings and rock concerts. Check out the cafe above the museum for its terrific views of the harbour.
Reykjavik Art Museum Hafnarhus Information
- Guided tours outside normal opening hours can be arranged by appointment.
- Wheelchair accessible.
Reykjavik Art Museum Hafnarhus Ticket Prices
- This admission ticket also grants you entry to Kjarvalsstadir, and AsmundurSveinsson Sculpture Museum.
- Students: 820 ISK
- Children under 18:, Guests with disabilities and senior citizens 70+: Free
- Group guided tours: Monday to Friday: 15.000 ISK
How To reach Reykjavik Art Museum Hafnarhus by Public Transport
- Buses. 1, 3, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14 go to the museum
- Drive, walk or take a taxi
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Reykjavik Art Museum Hafnarhus, Reykjavik Reviews
Very cool contemporary art museum showing some of Iceland's modern and weirdest artist. It's small but had a great time here!
MODERN art museum, nearly all shows will be by contemporary artists and you need to look into what show is going on, there is no big permanent show. Make sure you like the artist before wasting your time on something that doesn't appeal to you.
Beautiful building. However art is very strange, and very sparse. Ie. There would be a big room with a single projector, or a large room with a TV. A bit bare and not as beautiful.. .maybe I'm not that into modern art. :)
First off, I must say the building is gorgeous. The galleries are arranged in a fantastic way, I loved that part of it. I feel almost bad for the low rating, because I did not want to be reviewing the art, but here I am. I'm a fan of modern and contemporary art, the upper level had some exhibitions of fair work. One series of pencil sketches was literally an assignment I was given in art school in 1999, and it did feel more like a student show than a national level gallery. My main gripe is with the main gallery showing of Erro's work. Almost all his contemporary work is doing a small collage and then recreating it as a large scale painting, which is fine, but nearly every piece of this work is based off comic book art by Jack Kirby, and Kirby is credited no where. It's immensely distasteful and disrespectful for Erro to be using Kirby, who worked in American comics for over 50 years and created some of the most important work in the genre, to further his own career without at least mentioning that nearly every work shown is directly lifted from Kirby. Other comic artists are used as well, R. Crumb, John Byrne, both John and Sal Buscema to mention a few, and no credit is given. Erro's work is well done, it's just more the work of comic artists than it is his own.
Very Good for art lovers, not a great place to bring kids. This gallery features installation art work along with the pictures like the one attached to this review. Some of the work is in very dark rooms with scary sounds. Obviously this is not a negative about the work, just be warned if considering pushing your stroller in. Yoko Ono has a few pieces featured here, one is a phone in which you are encouraged to answer if it rings (she apparently randomly calls) the other is a wall of women's eyes and experiences with sexual inequality. Another galley encourages the visitor to participate, drawing on the walls, adding to the art itself.