Summer Season – Offices Closed

Please note that the offices of Hafnarborg will be closed for the summer season from July 13th until August 4th.

The museum will however remain open as usual, from 12–5 p.m. all days, except Tuesdays.

Free entry and everyone welcome.

Je veux vivre – Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir

We wish you all, near and far, a very Happy Icelandic National Day and bid you welcome to Hafnarborg, to celebrate with us.

On this occasion, we would like to share this video of renowned soprano Diddú, Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir, performing the lively aria “Je veux vivre” from the opera Roméo et Juliette by Gounod, accompanied by Antonía Hevesi, pianist and artistic director of the Hafnarborg Midday Concert Series.

The museum is open today from 12–5 p.m. and entry is free, as usual, but, in addition, live jazz music will be playing at the museum in the afternoon.

Casta diva – Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir

This month‘s Midday Concert can unfortunately not take place, due to current circumstances, despite the new guidelines for the ban on public gatherings that took effect yesterday. Then there will still be some disruption to our schedule here at Hafnarborg, mainly in regards to concerts and other big events.

Instead, we will continue to share things with you online, both music and art, and now we would like to share with you a wonderful musical piece, as renowned soprano Diddú, Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir, performs the aria “Casta diva” from the opera Norma by Bellini, accompanied by Antonía Hevesi, the artistic director of the Hafnarborg Midday Concert Series, on piano.

We look forward to sharing more art with you, both here on social media and in the real world, but the museum has now finally reopened its doors to guests.

Hafnarborg Summer Workshops 2020

This summer, Hafnarborg will offer workshops for children, 6–12 years old. The groups will go on field trips in Hafnarfjörður and basic techniques of art will be introduced by exploring the environment, the museum’s exhibitions, creative work and play.

Three 5-day workshops will be available for ages 6–9 and 10–12, where the children will work on projects in different media – drawing, painting and moulding – with the aim of developing visual focus and inspiring creative thought and personal expression. None of the workshops will be the same, so it is possible to attend more than one workshop, as in previous years. The instructors will be Ólöf Bjarnadóttir and Unnur Mjöll S. Leifsdóttir.

The last workshop will also bring in elements of music to the creative process, as half of each day will be dedicated to visual arts, while the other half will be dedicated to music, under the guidance of Ingibjörg Fríða Helgadóttir and Sigurður Ingi Einarsson, but the focus of these musical workshops will be on sparking and encouraging the creativity of the participants – everything is allowed, nothing is forbidden and no ideas are considered bad.

At the musical workshops, the participants work with both music and lyrics to create some sort of final piece, which they will then perform at a special Family Concert at the Hafnarborg Songfest. The participants can play their own instruments, sing or even create a new instrument. However, being able to play an instrument is not necessary, as the instructors will ensure that everyone gets a chance to shine. Entry to the Family Concert is free, but the concert will take place on Friday July 3rd at 5 p.m.

The following summer workshops are available:

June 12th–19th
6–9 years old: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
10–12 years old: 1–4 p.m.

June 22nd–26th
6–9 years old: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
10–12 years old: 1–4 p.m.

June 29th–July 3rd
6–9 years old: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
10–12 years old: 1–4 p.m.

The price of each 5-day workshop is 14.000 ISK.

  • Sibling discount: full price for the first child, with a 50% discount for each additional sibling.
  • Please inform us of any special needs or requirements.

Registration will open on Wednesday May 13th through the Vala Network. Please note that there is limited availability for the summer workshops. For further information, please call 585 5790 or send an email to hafnarborg@hafnarfjordur.is.

Hafnarfjörður – Online Exhibition and Video Tour

In this video tour, Ágústa Kristófersdóttir talks about select works from the Hafnarborg Collection, all of which depict the town of Hafnarfjörður, though each in its own way. There, we see the town through the eyes of artists – including some of the leading artists of our nation – working in different times and in different media, such as painting, drawing, print and photography.

The works featured here are by Jón Hróbjartsson, Hörður Ágústsson, Nína Tryggvadóttir, Gunnlaugur Scheving, Greta Björnsson, Eggert F. Guðmundsson, Gunnar Hjaltason, Pétur Friðrik Sigurðsson, Jón Þorleifsson, Erla Stefánsdóttir, Árni B. Elfar, Spessi and Astrid Kruse Jensen.

In addition to this video tour, we have opened a special online exhibition on the website of Sarpur (only accessible in Icelandic, at this moment), where you can learn more about these works, as well as find information on other works in the Hafnarborg Collection.

Captions available in English and Icelandic.

Ban on Public Gatherings – Open from May 4th

Hafnarborg will reopen to guests, in accordance with new guidelines for the ban on public gatherings, from Monday May 4th. The museum will be open as before, all days, except Tuesdays, from 12 p.m.–5 p.m., and entry is free.

At Hafnarborg, we currently have the exhibition Silent Spring, by Hertta Kiiski, Katrín Elvarsdóttir and Lilja Birgisdóttir, curated by Daría Sól Andrews. There, they invoke a tender warmth towards nature, while calling attention to the effects of our wasteful practices on the environment. The exhibition is a part of The Icelandic Photo Festival.

We will uphold an increased focus on hygiene, especially in regards to points of common contact, door knobs, handrails and the like. Furthermore, guests are encouraged to keep a certain distance from each other, both in the exhibition rooms and the museum reception.

We look forward to welcoming you again at Hafnarborg – in the real world.

De’ miei bollenti spiriti – Gissur Páll Gissurarson

On the occasion of the First Day of Summer, we share with you a little song, in the hopes of lifting up your spirits.

Here, Gissur Páll Gissurarson, tenor, sings the passionate aria “De’ miei bollenti spiriti” from La traviata by Verdi, with Antonía Hevesi, the artistic director of the Hafnarborg Midday Concert Series, playing the piano.

We wish all the friends of Hafnarborg a very happy summer and we look forward to seeing you at our museum in the coming months.

Silent Spring – Online Exhibition Tour

Ágústa Kristófersdóttir, Director of Hafnarborg, talks about the exhibition Silent Spring, by artists Hertta Kiiski, Katrín Elvarsdóttir and Lilja Birgisdóttir. The exhibition opened last January as a part of The Icelandic Photography Festival 2020 and the curator is Daría Sól Andrews.

In the exhibition, Lilja, Hertta and Katrín invoke a tender warmth towards nature, while calling attention to the effects of our wasteful practices on the earth. Working in the face of climate change, they then employ the photographic medium and a sculptural, sensory focus to environments which call for a nurturing attention.

The exhibition was extended until mid-May, given current circumstances, but since the museum is currently closed, we hope you will enjoy the exhibition here instead.

Captions available in English and Icelandic.

Easter Greetings – from Hafnarborg to You

Hafnarborg wishes all of you, friends of the museum, a very Happy Easter. For the past few weeks, the museum has been closed to guests, as most of you know, and will remain so while the stricter ban on public gatherings is in effect.

We have created a few videos to share with you, but you can find the videos on social media, such as Hafnarborg‘s page on Facebook and YouTube, as well as other content, pictures of our current projects, exhibitions and more, on Instagram.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at Hafnarborg, in the near future, but until then we hope to be able to let you take a peek into the museum, in this different way, maybe even helping you pass the time.

      

Una furtiva lagrima – Gissur Páll Gissurarson

Unfortunately, this month‘s Midday Concert cannot go on, due to the ban on public gatherings, but we wish to share with you a song instead, to brighten up your day, so shortly before Easter.

Here, Gissur Páll Gissurarson, tenor, and Antonía Hevesi, pianist and artistic director of the Hafnarborg Midday Concert Series, perform the aria “Una furtiva lagrima” from the opera L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti.

We are looking forward to seeing you again at our Midday Concerts in the near future – when this too shall pass.