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.


Hafnarborg Closed – Installation of New Exhibitions

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.


Holiday Opening Hours

Opening hours in Hafnarborg over the holidays: 

Little Eve – Tuesday 23rd of December: OPEN from 12pm – 5pm

Christmas Eve – Wednesday 24th of December: CLOSED

Christmas Day – Thursday 25th of December: CLOSED

2nd day of Christmas – Friday 26th of December:  CLOSED

Saturday 27th of December: Open from 12pm to 5pm

Sunday 28th of December: Open from 12pm to 5pm

Monday 29th of December: Open from 12pm to 5pm

Tuesday 30th of December: CLOSED

New Years Eve – 31st of December: CLOSED

Free Admission

Current exhibitions are Lips-sticks and Works from the collection.

Further information through phonenumber  585 5790 and on the museum’s website:  www.hafnarborg.is


The Globe of Goodwill in Hafnarborg

The Globe of Goodwill is now available in the Museum shop of Hafnarborg, but as each year it will only be for sale for a limited time, from the 5th to the 19th of December.

Every year one of Iceland’s foremost artists is given the task of making a unique piece of art using a clear blown-glass sphere, creating a Globe of Goodwill. No two Globes are exactly the same and each edition is limited. The Globe of Goodwill this year is designed by Davíð Örn Halldórsson and is called Mandarin. In the foundation the Mandarin globe is as pure as love, with a red ribbon around it, the color of love and Christmas.

The Benefit Society for children with Disablities (SLF) has launched a Globe of Goodwill every year since 2003. The Globes form a unique collection of artwork by some of Iceland’s most renowned artists. These artists contribute their work to support SLF’s effort on behalf of children and young people with disabilities and each year the Globe gets a new look. The name of the Globe is symbolic of what is represents but all proceeds are donated to Reykjadalur, a summercamp for children and youngsters with disabilities.


Orange coloured globe
That splits into segments.
The rind with its Fragrance,
orange or green.
The content’s rich,
the previous memory strong.

This mandarin does not taste good,
but it splits into segments.

By Davíð Örn Halldórsson

Click here further information about the Globe of Goodwill