Ásmundur Sveinsson

Ásmundarsafn museum opened in 1983 and is dedicated to the works of Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893-1982). Ásmundur was an Icelandic sculptor, born at Kolsstadir in West Iceland. One can see his work around Reykjavik, e.g. in front of University of Iceland or Perlan. His themes were often men and women at work at first, but as he grew older he moved away from the human and animal form and by the 1950‘s his work was almost entirely abstract.

The museum itself is housed in the artist‘s home and studio, a really unique building and a landmark is Reykjavik. He donated it to Reykjavik City along with a large collection of his work.

Ásmundarsafn Museum regularly holds exhibition of Ásmundur‘s work along with exhibition of works by other artists, some of which have some referance to Ásmundur‘s work. The Museum is surrounded by an elegant sculpture garden, boasting around 30 sculptures by Ásmundur.

The building was in most part designed by the artist himself in the years 1942-59. He, for instance, built the curved building behind the house that was conceived both a studio and exhibition space. The architect Mannfreð Vilhjálmsson later designed the extension connecting the main building and the curved building. The form concepts of the house are inspired by the Mediterranean, the round houses of the Arab world and Egypt’s pyramids.