Landmark event celebrated at the Reykjavík Art Museum!
The Reykjavík Art Museum is celebrating a landmark today, when nearly nine thousand works of art become accessible on-line on the new safneign.listasafnreykjavikur.is website.
The site provides pictures and information on works by Icelandic artists from the early twentieth century until 2013; and a map of Reykjavík provides a guide to works of art in public spaces in the city. Art historians have written informative notes on selected works in the collection.
The safneign.listasafnreykjavikur.is website makes Icelandic art more accessible, and its intention is to promote interest in this important aspect of the national heritage. It also offers a new way of enjoying art and learning about Icelandic art history.
The project has been in preparation for four years, and the website is the fruit of extensive cataloguing and development work. The website has been produced partly in collaboration with DCA (Digitising Contemporary Art), an EU project whose aim is to improve access to the European cultural heritage via the europeana.eu website.
The Reykjavík Art Museum is Iceland’s largest art collection, comprising about 17,000 works of art. In addition to the general collection of art by a large number of Icelandic and foreign artists, the Museum’s collection also includes special collections of the work of three major Icelandic artists: Erró, Kjarval, and Ásmundur Sveinsson. These collections owe their existence to generous donations of works by artists and private collectors, and also to purchase of works. The new website now displays all the Museum’s works by Icelandic artists, with the exception of some drawings in the collection.
Hafþór Yngvason, Director of the Reykjavík Art Museum:
“It is a true pleasure to be able to invite people to experience a large proportion of the works of art in the Reykjavík Art Museum’s collection, on-line. In this way the works of art had been moved outside the tangible walls of the museum, to reach out to the public. The website offers exciting potential for enjoying art and learning about it, and it can also serve as a useful teaching aid.”