National Gallery

The National Gallery of Iceland was founded in 1884 in Copenhagen Denmark by Björn Bjarnason and consisted of donated artwork mainly from Danish artists.

The Museum remained in independent institute until 1916 when Alþingi (The Icelandic Parliament) decided to make it a department in the National Heritage Museum.

In 1987 the collection was moved to its present location. The National Gallery is a national museum and the main emphasis of the collection is on the 19th and 20th century Icelandic art, but international art is featured as well.

The museum owns the most valuable collection of works by Icelandic artists in the country, but also renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Edward Munch, Karol Appel, Hans Hartung, Victor Vasarely, Richard Serra and Richard Tuttle.

The National Gallery of iceland regularly holds colourful exhibitions reflecting its collection. The National Gallery of Iceland also hosts exhibitions by individual artists, Icelandic as well as foreign ones. These are complimented by an extensive publication of books, catalogues, posters and post-cards.


Recommended tours in this area


Hidden Powers and Northern Lights Hunt - Winter escorted tour

Explore the Icelandic South Shore; Waterfalls, volcanoes, glacial lagoon and black sand beaches

Duration: 6 days/5 nights

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