The Kjarvalsstadir Art Museum takes its name from the painter Johannes S. Kjarval (1885-1972), one of Iceland‘s most influential and recognized artists. The Kjarvalsstadir Museum in Reykjavik celebrates both his work and the paintings and sculptures of well established Icelandic and international artists.

Johannes Kjarval’s works are on permanent display at the museum. Overall, the exhibitions at Kjarvalsstadir focus primarily on paintings and sculptures of the established masters of modern art.

Johannes Sveinsson 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. He is best known for his interpretation of nature and especially the mystical visual world.

Kjarvalsstadir Museum’s visual art and rock concerts

Yearly the museum hosts about 20 exhibitions. You can always find works of Kjarval at the museum, along with works of  Icelandic artists Erro and Asmundur Sveinsson. In addition, Kjarvalsstadir hosts events such as rock concerts.

Surrounding the museum is a large and beautiful park, Klambratun, where many people like to spend sunny summer days.

Moreover, Kjarvalsstadir houses a  café and a design-and-book store. Undoubtedly, the building is a fine example of Nordic modernism that features floor to ceiling windows that look out to onto the beautiful Klambratun Park.

Opening hours

Daily from 10am – 17 (5pm)

GPS: 64.137891 N, -21.913497 W