The World of Ásmundur

International Museum Day is held every year on May 18 by the International Museum Council. Admission to many museums is free, such as the Reykjavík Art Museum, the National Museum of Iceland and the National Gallery of Iceland. 35,000 museums in one hundred countries participate in this day, established in 1977. One of the museums worth visiting is Ásmundarsafn in Laugardalur. A museum dedicated to the works of the sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893-1982). It opened in 1983 in a unique house, designed by the artist as a home and studio, and built in the years 1942-1959. The garden around the house is also unique, with many sculptures by this pioneer of sculpture in Iceland.

Ásmundarsafn Museum is in a house that the artist designed and built himself. Architect Manfreð Vilhjálmsson then designed an extension that fits the house very well.

A part of the Weather Prophet, in front of the museum. 

From a 2022 exhibition

The garden is unique, a different world. The Ride to Hel in front. You can see the museum in the background. 


War and Peace in front, Water Carrier in the background, both by Ásmundur Sveinsson. 

The Ocean Shades by Ásmund Sveinsson

Reykjavík 17/05/2021 12:44 – 13:33 : A7R IV – A7C : FE 1.8/20mm G – FE 2.5/40mm G

Photographs and text: Páll Stefánsson