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New Exhibitions in Iceland’s Capital Region

By Iceland Review

Children will be guided through an exhibition of photographs by Bárdur Sigurdsson, which recently opened in the National Museum of Iceland, tomorrow at 2 pm. They document the daily life at lake Mývatn in northeast Iceland from the early 20th century onwards.


Answers to questions such as: “How did children play in the old days? What did children and adults wear 100 years ago? Did children have to work?” and, “In What kind of houses did people live?” will be sought and objects connected with the photographs will be examined.

The tour takes approximately 40 minutes. Afterwards families can play an orienteering game in relation to the exhibition which is available at the museum’s reception desk.

The exhibition provides a unique insight into the Icelandic farming community and culture at the beginning of the 20th century, a press release says.

Also on Sunday, at 3 pm at Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalsstadir, Ellen Blumenstein, curator the exhibition “50 Years of Icelandic Art at the Venice Biennale”, and the Spanish/Icelandic artist duo Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, who represent Iceland at the Venice Biennale 2011, will discuss the context of the project for this years’ biennale which opens in June.

Furthermore, author Gudbergur Bergsson will guide visitors around the group exhibition “Ásýnd landsins: Vatnid, jördin, hafid og himininn” in Gerdarsafn in Kópavogur on Sunday, February 6, at 5 pm (in Icelandic).

The exhibition features oil and watercolor paintings, drawings and photographs by Dadi Gudbjörnsson, Gunnlaugur Scheving, Jóhannes S. Kjarval, Rúrí and Vilhjálmur Thorbergur Bergsson, which all have to do with landscapes, water, earth, ocean and sky.

The exhibition runs until February 20. The museum is open every day, except Mondays, from 11 am to 5 pm and entrance costs ISK 500 (USD 4.3, EUR 3.2), except on Wednesdays when entrance is free.

On Friday, the exhibition “HLUT-SKIPTI-VERK-LYKILL” by visual artist Jóhanna Kristbjörg Sigurdardóttir opened in the Mosfellsbaer Art Gallery. It runs until February 26. Admission is free.

In other art news, Jóhann Eyfells’s the sculpture “Towering Earth (Receptual Cairn #7)” was unveiled on Saebraut by the Reykjavík seaside by Einar Örn Benediktsson, chairman for Culture and Tourism in the City of Reykjavík, on Thursday.

On a separate note, people can now purchase the Reykjavík Culture Card for ISK 5,000 (USD 43, EUR 32) which is valid for one year and grants cardholders unlimited enrty to Reykjavík Art Museum (Hafnarhús, Kjarvalsstadir and Ásmundarsafn), Reykjavík City Museum (Árbaer Museum and the Settlement Exhibition 871±2) and as a library card in Reykjavík City Library.

Separate annual cards for Reykjavík Art Museum and Reykjavík City Museum are also available and cost ISK 3,000 (USD 26, EUR 19) each. The cards are available at the aforementioned museums and at Reykjavík City Library. For more information (in Icelandic), visit

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