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“Magnificent space holding magnificent work”

Reykjavik Art Museum Asmundarsafn
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Reykjavik Art Museum is the leading art museum in Iceland and has three locations in Reykjavik: Hafnarhus, Kjarvalsstadir and Asmundarsafn. Asmundarsafn is the former home and workshop of the sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson, who designed and mostly constructed this building himself in Laugardalur. The museum served to preserve his work and life, and displays the largest collection of his sculptures both inside and outside the building. Asmundur's art greatly reflects his lifelong interest in the Icelandic sagas, folk tales and classical mythology.
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Reviewed August 25, 2014

We almost didn't make it out to this branch of the three-part Reykjavik Art Museum. This location required a bus transfer and looked far away on our tourist map. On the other hand, my 10 year old son really loves modern sculpture, so we bravely explored a little further on the bus system, walked through a very suburban neighborhood, and came to Asmundarsafn on a cold, clear Wednesday afternoon in March. We were very glad we did!

First of all, I must admit that the artist's self-designed live/work space--now the museum building--really appealed to me. I would like to live here, too! There's a very clear connection between the beauty/functionality of the architecture and the artist's sculptures. I was glad my kids got to see a space like this and understand how some artists work in more than one medium on a really grand scale. It sends home the message that his life itself was a work of art.

Second, my sculpture-loving son really liked the works on display here. Most of them are the work of Asmundur Sveinsson, but there were also some pieces by current artists displayed upstairs in the dome. The acoustics up there were fascinating in and of themselves. Access to the dome was only up a narrow staircase. I'm almost certain this is NOT handicapped accessible.

Third, this small museum was uniquely welcoming. Children are free to get in. There were the usual (for Iceland) coloring pages for the children, and the staff were very interested in even a child's level discussion of the collection. The sculptor himself clearly cared about young people, because he (according to the museum docent) actually encouraged children to climb on some of his large statues. This was a huge hit with my kids. There is even free coffee (and water with glasses) in a small lounge for visitors. While I found Iceland to be overwhelmingly family-friendly, this museum really stood out even in such good company.

If you have any interest in modern sculpture or architecture, this branch of the Reykjavik Art Museum is well worth the trip.

3  Thank Mommywillo
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Reviewed July 24, 2014

I was intrigued by the fact that the artist designed and built this house by himself. I stopped in right after walking through the botanical garden and Laugardalur Park. It's surprisingly close, and I had the Welcome card, so why not? There are many sculptures outside around the building, so be sure to see those. The building itself is interesting. Inside is an array of sculptures in a workshop-like setting just inside the front door, and a bunch of sculptures in a gallery setting down in back in the annex. It's worth a half hour or hour to see this if you're in the area and like modern art. The artist was definitely talented and I'm pretty sure some of the wire-like sculptures you see around the city are his.

1  Thank skaterdude
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Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

We went with the Welcome Pass and it was so great!!!! I fell in love with the design and lines of the pieces. Very unique! Staff was very friendly and they had free tea and coffee waiting.

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Reviewed June 11, 2014

A beautiful house and museum.
Originally the house of a famous Icelandic sculpture, the design of the house is quite unique, with the white color dominating everything.
The house's garden features several big statues by the artist, some made of stone, others from metal. Some provocative, while others more moderate.
Entrance is free with the Reykjavik card, 12US$ otherwise. But frankly, you really do not need to get a ticket and visit the museum, and you can easily have an enjoyable experience just by looking at this lovely house and explore the statues in its vast garden.

2  Thank TheShis
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Reviewed April 3, 2014

Very helpful and friendly curator and such a great museum to visit. Admire the architecture, soak up the great sculptures outside and inside and enjoy the experience.

1  Thank Thom H
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