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Reykjavik Art Museum Asmundarsafn
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Listasafn Reykjavíkur 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 10 April 2013

Not my thing, a few non descript blobs in a badly kept garden on a busy road. This man must have been a tortured soul in need of therapy.

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Reviewed 25 February 2013 via mobile

I had no idea what to expect as not much of a sculpture museum buff, but I enjoyed this place and the lady in duty could not have been nicer. She told me to read about the construction of the house first, to ensure I could follow the flow, made the loveliest and most welcome coffee on a miserable winters day, and gave me literature to read and to take away. She was superb! The house and it's extensions are wonderful as are the sculptures. It's small, an hour will suffice for most people, but it's enjoyable and relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist run. Make some time for here.

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Reviewed 28 January 2013 via mobile

More than just a museum for the work of sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson, the building itself is significant as a piece of architecture as the artist designed and lived in it, using it as both a studio and a showcase of a new style of Icelandic architecture in response to the climate and architecture. A great insight into the work and life of this lesser known master of 20th century modernism, the collection includes one of the great works of Icelandic modern art, 'Black Clouds'. Of the three art museums we visited as part of the National Museums combined ticket, thus was without a doubt the most interesting. Don't miss it.

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Reviewed 10 January 2013

We took an afternoon to do this museum and the nearby Sigurjon Olafsson museum and then walked back along the harbor. This was a lovely afteroon - both museums were great it was nice to explore other areas of town and get off the beaten path. The building was spectucular - modern design with clean white lines and interesting geometry. and the sculptures were great too. It is definitely worth the trip outside the city center and a must see if you are a sculpture and/or architecture lover.

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Reviewed 27 May 2011

Enjoyed taking a look at the sculptures around the museum on the garden grounds. I didn't make it in time to see the museum inside before they closed at 4pm, but the sculptures outside were interesting and well worth a look if you are in the area. I don't think I would trek out to the area if only to go to the museum, but it is close to the pool, zoo and family park and botanic garden, which in some combination makes the trip out to this area worthwhile in my opinion.

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