Ágústa Kristófersdóttir hired as a new director for 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 earlier next Sunday

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

Closed – Installation of new exhibitions in progress

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 on 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


Hafnarborg’s fall exhibition – winning proposal announced.

Final selection of proposals for Hafnarborg’s fall exhibition 2015 is now completed and the selected proposal is the one by Aðalheiður Valgeirsdóttir and Aldís Arnardóttir. The exhibition proposal bares the work-title Heimurinn án okkar  or The World Without Us and gathers different artists from different generations that are working with the notion of the universe in their work. The proposal is about time and space where mass and energy come together and the limits of distance and proximity become ambiguous. So it is safe to say that we can expect an exciting exhibition next fall.


Closed – Installation of new exhibitions in progress

New exhibitions are currently being installed in Hafnarborg and therefore the musem will be closed until Saturday January 17th. On Saturday two exhibitions will be opened, Development, an installation by artist Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir (b.1969) , and Spark, works by Hanna Davíðsson (1888-1966).

We welcome you to the exhibition opening on the 17th of January at 3 p.m.


Elías B. Halldórsson’s exhibition extended.

The exhibition Works from the Collection on works by Elías B. Halldórsson has been extended until January 11th.

Elias B. Halldorsson (1930-2007) was an Icelandic artist born in Borgarfjordur East. He began his studies at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts and then moved abroad for further education in art, first to Stuttgart in Germany and later to Copenhagen in Denmark. Elias held his first solo exhibition in 1960 in the Bow Room of the National Museum of Iceland and in 1992 he exhibited for the first time in Hafnarborg.

In the year 1993 Elias donated the graphic works that he had made until that time, to Hafnarborg. The works were around 68 pieces from year 1963 to the end of the 20th century. During his career, Elías used both oil paint and graphics in his art. His graphic works are mostly woodcuts showing diverse subjects ranging from daily life to sensual acts and motifs inspired by poems or other texts. The exhibition includes works that Elías designed for the poetry of his son, Gyrdir Eliasson.

The exhibition depicts a world of an artist who began his career in the mid twentieth century, always went his own ways and sailed alongside mainstream art. While the paintings of Elias B. Halldorsson have been mainly abstract, there is a narrative present in his graphic works and his interest in literature apparent. The exhibition depicts a world that often seems obscure but also cute, powerful and rich of ideas when it comes to the solid cutting into the wood. The artist manages to deliver the atmosphere in the form of simple woodcuttings where the material and subject matter create an interesting world.