Kjarvalsstaðir houses the works of one of Iceland’s most influential and recognised artists, Jóhannes S. Kjarval. The exhibitions at Kjarvalsstaðir focus primarily on paintings and sculptures of the established masters of modern art.

The building is a fine example of Nordic modernism, it features floor-to ceiling windows that look onto the beautiful Klambratún Park.

One can take in the view while enjoying a drink or a snack at the restaurant Klambrar Bistrø. The restaurant is open from 10h00-17h00. There is also a Museum Store in the lobby and a lovely family-activity space, the Idea Lab. Experience Icelandic art and enjoy your stay at Kjarvalsstaðir.

Exhibitions at Kjarvalsstaðir

Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval (1885–1972) has a unique place in Icelandic cultural history, as one of the nation's most beloved artists of all time. He was a legend in his own lifetime, and in the eyes of many he was the archetypal romantic bohemian artist.

Kjarvalsstaðir, photo Baldur B. Vilhjálmsson.

Kjarvalsstaðir is in the Klambratún park, one of the few recreational areas in Reykjavík to be planned and designed as part of the city’s artistic culture. Kjarvalsstaðir was designed by Hannes Kr. Davíðsson and inaugurated in 1973.

Kjarval donated some of his works and personal effects to the city of Reykjavík in 1968. The gift comprised mainly drawings and sketches. A part of his gift was exhibited for the first time at the opening of the Kjarvalsstaðir gallery in 1973.