The Fjallabyggd Art Museum opens in the town hall of Siglufjördur this weekend, displaying artwork donated to the Fjallabyggd municipality by the couple Arngrímur Ingimundarson and Bergthóra Jóelsdóttir in 1980.
The couple ran the store Vardan in Reykjavík (Jóelsdóttir has since passed away and Ingimundarson is retired) but both were born and raised in Siglufjördur, Morgunbladid reports.
They decided to donate their art collection of 124 paintings, by some of Iceland’s most respected artists, to the residents of Siglufjördur in appreciation of the service their parents received in their old age.
Local art historian Sigrídur Gunnarsdóttir said their collection represents Icelandic visual art in a nutshell.
“There are also two paintings by Salvador Dalí and a few other foreign artists, otherwise the artwork span the entire scale, from Kjarval, Nína Tryggvadóttir, Thorvaldur Skúlason, Svavar Gudnason, Nína Saemundsdóttir, Karl Kvaran, Kristján Davídsson through Tryggvi Ólafsson and Erró to Magnús Kjartansson, who is the youngest artist represented in the collection.”
Gunnarsdóttir will guide visitors through the current exhibition of 20 paintings today, tomorrow and on Sunday between 3 pm and 5 pm.