Hafnarborg Publishes a Book about Eiríkur Smith

Hafnarborg proudly introduces a publication of an art book on the painter Eiríkur Smith, which was published in alongside the exhibition, Conversing with Existence, now on display in Hafnarborg.

The book, which bears the same title as the exhibition, talks about Eiríkur Smith’s diverse carrier as a painter and is full of beautiful photos of Eiríkur’s work on every page. Aðalsteinn Ingólfsson, Heiðar Kári Rannversson and Aldís Arnardóttir own texts in the book in addition to Ólöf K. Sigurðardóttir who is also the curator of the exhibition and the book’s editor.


Eiríkur Smith’s (f. 1925) career is both long and wide-ranging. He has addressed painting as a form of expression and created works that bare witness to a unique grasp on different styles ranging from geometric abstraction to expressive abstract painting, and realism. The human figure is often in the foreground while the landscape and human creations form a powerful framework. His approach has gone through numerous changes in line with the times, and also due to the artist’s active pursuits into new territory.


Conversing with Existence is the fifth and last exhibition in a exhibition series that Hafnarborg started in 2010 where five different periods have been introduced from Eiríkur Smith’s long and diverse carrier.

The book comes in five different book covers, with a painting on from each period. Buyers can therefor choose their favorit to own. The design was in the hands of Ármann Agnarsson.

The book is for sale in Hafnarborg’s museum store and in other bookstores in Reykjavík, Iceland.


Hafnarborg on Social Media

You can follow Hafnarborg on Facebook and Instagram to see photos and get information on exhibitions and events within the museum.


Installing an exhibition.


Costume-dressup-day in Hafnarborg and children drawing during a summer art workshop.


Fun and play in Hafnarborg during filming for an exhibition by Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir.


Installing a video piece by Tumi Magnússon and a school visit in Hafnarborg.


A concert from the concert series Hljóðön.


A studio visit with Kristbergur Pétursson and a photographic piece by Pétur Thomsen.


Hafnarborg Closed – Installation of New Exhibitions

This week, November 2nd – November 6th, Hafnarborg will be closed as we are installing a new exhibition, Conversing with Existence which features paintings by Eiríkur Smith. The exhibition will open Saturday, November 7th at 3 p.m.

This is the fifth and last exhibition in a series of exhibitions presenting different phases of Eiríkur’s long carrier. Conversing with Existence features oil and watercolor works from 1983-2008.

Read more on the exhibition here.


Ágústa Kristófersdóttir New Director of Hafnarborg

Ágústa Kristófersdóttir has been hired as director of Hafnarborg – The Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art.

Perviously Ágústa worked as the director for The Museum Council of Iceland and before that as the curator for The National Museum of Iceland and the head of the exhibition department of The Reykjavík Art Museum.

Welcome, Ágústa, from the staff of Hafnarborg.




No Site – Exhibition Closes Early

The exhibition No Site in Hafnarborg will be closed an hour earlier next Sunday August 9th, at 4 p.m. instead of 5 p.m.

This is due to a special birthday reception in the museum for the Icelandic painter Eiríkur Smith (b. 1925) who is turning ninety years old the same day.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The exhibition will be open again as usual on Monday 10th of August from 12 -5 p.m.



MEN Extended Until 25th of May

The exhibition Men will be extended until Monday, the 25th of May.

The exhibition MEN focuses on the status of men at the beginning of the 21st century and the changes that have occurred in the circumstances of the revised status of women.

Works by four Icelandic male artists will be on display, Curver Thoroddsen (b. 1976), Finnur Arnar Arnarson (b. 1965), Hlynur Hallsson (b. 1968) og Kristinn G. Harðarson (b. 1955).

Read more about the exhibition here.

Opening Hours During Easter

Opening hours during Easter 2015:

Thursday April 2nd: open 12 – 9 pm

Friday April 3rd: open 12 – 5 pm

Saturday April 4th: open 12 – 5 pm

Easter Sunday: closed

Monday April 6th: open 12 – 5 pm

Free entrance

Hafnarborg Closed – Installation of New Exhibitions

New exhibitions are currently being installed in Hafnarborg and therefore the musem will be closed until Saturday March 28th. On Saturday at 3 p.m. two exhibitions will be opened; Men where works by four Icelandic male artists will be on display, Curver Thoroddsen (b. 1976), Finnur Arnar Arnarson (b. 1965), Hlynur Hallsson (b. 1968) og Kristinn G. Harðarson (b. 1955),
and Cairns, works by Jónína Guðnadóttir (b. 1943).

We welcome you to the exhibition opening on the 28th of March at 3 p.m.


Hafnarfjördur’s Program for Design March

This year Hafnarborg, Íshúsið and Litla Hönnunarbúðin will participate in DesignMarch 2015 held from the 12th to 15th of March. Please take a look at the program. Entrance is free.


Hafnarborg, Strandgata 34

Á gráu svæði / Gray Area

David Taylor

Opening hours: Thursdays 12 – 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.

An exhibition of new works by the scottish designer David Taylor. He is know for his unique designs and untraditional choice of materials. He works in a grey area, somewhere in the vicinity of art and very close to design which he chooses to call contemporary craft.

Saturday, March 7th. at 3 p.m.

Opening of the exhibition Gray Area by David Taylor.

Sunday, March 8th. at 3 p.m. 

Gallery Talk with David Taylor.

-DesignMarch begins-

Thursday, March 12th. at 6 p.m.

Gallery Talk with David Taylor

Friday, March 13th. at 12.30 pm

Guided tour through the exhibition Gray Area at lunchtime

Sunday March 15th. at 3 pm

Guided tour through the exhibition Gray Area


Íshúsið – by the harbor

Creative cluster.

Opening hours: Thursday at 12 – 9 p.m.
Friday, saturday and sunday at 12 – 5 p.m.

An introduction to the activities at the Íshús of  Hafnarfjörður. A cluster of creative studios and workshops from different sectors of design, industry and art.In the open studios you can for example find a knife making studio, a 3D workshop, a ceramic studios, a woodworking studio and a textile studio.

Thursday, March 12th at 6 – 9 p.m.

Open studios.

Sunday, March 15th at 1 p.m.

Guided tour and talk.


The little design shop, Strandgata 17

Margrét Leópoldsdóttir

Sértu velkomin heim / Blow The Wind Westerly

Opening hours: Thursday 12 – 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.

Designer of Gola and Glóra, Margrét Leópoldsdóttir exhibits a new textile collection that she has named Blow The Wind Westerly. Inspired of the work of sailors and fishworkers, she draws pictures and patterns that she then prints on textiles.

Sunday, March 15th at 2 pm.

A talk with the designer Margrét Leópoldsdóttir.



Development – Showtimes and Artists

Development by Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir is a completely independent world where  creation, mediation, processing and reception all take place at the same space. In Hafnarborg’s main gallery a small “auditorium” has been installed, along with stage sets and props, a processing space and equipment for filming 16mm film. Development is both a sculpture, performance and interactive piece. Hekla Dögg has asked other artists to participate by filming short segments that then will be developed, cut together and added to the film shown in the movie theater.

During opening hours the film will be shown hourly starting at 1 pm every day.

In the next few days, more artists will film short segments that will then be added to the rolling film. The fill will therefore get longer and longer during the coarse of the exhibition. Museum guests are welcome to watch the artists film the scenes during opening hours.


The following artists have segments in the film:
(This list will be updated regularly).

Kolbeinn Hugi Höskuldsson: !

Claudia Hausfeld: Disfigurement

Sigurður Guðjónsson

Erling TV Klingenberg


Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir

Unnar Örn J. Auðarson

Hannes Lárusson: Chief

Rakel Gunnarsdóttir

Hulda Stefánsdóttir

Sara Björnsdóttir

Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir

Curver: Adjustment

Sunneva Weisshappel og Klāvs Liepiņš: Egg

Halldór Úlfarsson, Áki Ásgeirsson og Páll Ivan Pálsson: Factory 2015