Museum Night 2024


2. feb


The House of Collections on Hverfisgata

19.30 PM

Book launch – Ásgrímur Jónsson´s artworks of Folklore and Fairytales

The National Gallery of Iceland houses many treasures worth exposing to the daylight and sharing with others. Amongst these are Ásgrímur Jónsson´s artworks of folklore and fairtyles - works which provide an invaluable insight into the nation´s visual heritage. Ásgrímur was the first to visually express the elves, trolls and ghosts that had lived for centuries in the minds of Icelanders. These images were made public in exhibitions and books in the first years of the 20th century.

The book contains a prologue and text by Dagný Heiðdal and photographs of Ásgrímur Jónsson´s images of folklore and fairytales.

20 PM

Duo Harpverk Concert

Duo Harpverk is composed of the percussion musician Frank Aarnink and the harpist Katie Buckley. They will perform the composition Málverk by Haraldur Vignir Sveinbjörnsson based on Ásgrímur Jónsson´s musical compositions. The piece was specifically arranged for the performers and in honour of the painter. They will also perform the piece Dögun by Vala Gestsdóttir and Skelja by Daníel Bjarnason. The concert will be held in the Reading Room of the House of Collections on Hverfisgata.

„Amusing is the Dark”: Ghost Stories in the National Gallery of Iceland

Ethnographer Dagrún Ósk Jónsdóttir tells stories of ghosts and the different types of ghosts that can be found in Iceland, including zombies, apparitions, ghosts of infanticide and the ghosts of misers. Some choice ghost stories will be told. Dagrún will also teach us some practical details, such as how to recognize the ghosts one might meet during one´s life, how to raise them and how to free oneself from their haunting.

All are welcome who dare!

The National Gallery of Iceland at Fríkirkjuvegur 7

18 PM

A guided tour of the exhibition
Egill Sæbjörnsson and Infinite Friends of the Universe.
Pari Stave, head curator at The National Gallery of Iceland will guide guests through the exhibition. Egill Sæbjörnsson´s creative practice is characterized by an all-encompassing sense of playfulness. The varied nature of the material world and universal consciousness are themes that spring up like mushrooms in the form of music, installations, living sculptures and vivid imaginary travel companions. In this exhibition, Egill welcomes an infinite number of friends to spend some time together in the playroom of art.

19 – 21 PM

Tours of Infinite Friends of the Universe
In the creations of Egill Sæbjörnsson, the joy of play is all-encompassing. The interplay of the material world and universal consciousness spring forth like delightful fungi in the form of music, installations, living sculptures, and very real imaginary travel companions. In this exhibition, Egill invites an infinite number of friends to join in an instance of togetherness in the endless playroom of art.

Kl. 19
Pig and Rat

Kl. 19:15

Kl. 19:30

Kl. 19:45
Ūgh and Bõögâr

Kl. 20

Kl. 20:15
The Egg or The Hen, Us or Them?

Kl. 20:30
Guðmundur B. Jónasson

Kl. 20:45
Self-generative sculptures

21 PM

DJ Dóra Júlía

On Museum Night, DJ Dóra Júlía will provide a warm welcome to the National Gallery of Iceland´s visitors. The museum will remain open until 23 PM.


Treasures of Icelandic Art

The museum is open every day from 10am - 5pm.