Named after the beloved Icelandic painter, Jóhannes S. Kjarval (1885-1972), Kjarvalsstaðir was built to house the extensive collection of his work and as an exhibition venue for modern and contemporary art and design.
The artist’s love for nature has inspired Icelanders to consider the landscape in different scales and dimensions. Kjarval painted not only what is visible to the naked eye, but also reveals hidden worlds of folklore and personal mysticism.
Inspired by Nordic modernist design and built in 1973, the museum building faces a large city park, which makes for a delightful view through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
It’s a unique art destination with a refined exhibition programme, interesting museum shop, and a café offering delicious light meals.’