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1,000 Art Exhibitions in One Place

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1,000 Art Exhibitions in One Place

Hafnarhús, Reykjavík Art Museum.

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Reykjavík Art Museum this week celebrated a milestone in its online presence, as details of every single one of the roughly-one-thousand exhibitions since the Museum’s inception in 1973 are now available on its new website.

The website artmuseum.is has had a facelift, and now features all exhibitions, future, present and past. Exhibitions are ordered chronologically and there are details available on more than 800 events, including pictures, invitations and press releases on each one. Up to 2,000 artists have been shown in nearly 1,000 exhibitions since the Art Museum opened.

The website is described as an important resource on Icelandic cultural history; as Kjarvalsstaðir, Ásmundarsafn and Hafnarhús (the Art Museum’s three locations) have been at the center of the country’s art scene for about four decades.

The oldest exhibition in the new archive is from the opening of Kjarvalsstaðir on March 24, 1973—a collection of 186 works by Jóhannes Kjarval which was attended by 55,000 guests.

The new database makes it easier to study Icelandic art and is intended to stimulate interest in the subject.

The new Reykjavík Art Museum website also has photos and information of all Icelandic artworks in the Museum collection—around 9,000 pieces by Icelandic artists between 1900 and 2015. The site also has a map with information on outdoor art all over the city.

With a collection even larger than the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík Art Museum is Iceland’s biggest art repository and promoter.

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