Opening Hours at Hafnarborg during the Holidays

Hafnarborg is open as usual, until Christmas, everyday except Tuesdays, 12–5 p.m. The opening hours during the holidays are as follows:

December 23rd, Thorlac‘s Mass – open 12–5 p.m.

December 24th, Christmas Eve – closed

December 25th, Christmas Day – closed

December 26th, Second Day of Christmas – closed

December 27th–30th – open 12–5 p.m.

December 31st, New Year‘s Eve – closed

January 1st, New Year‘s Day – closed

Regular opening hours will resume from January 2nd. Entry is free and everyone welcome.

The Globe of Goodwill 2019 – Available at Our Shop

SÓL ÉG SÁ (SUN I SAW) by Ólöf Nordal is The Globe of Goodwill for the year 2019. The Globe of Goodwill is a beautiful work of art and a delightful collector‘s piece, but what makes it truly valuable is its content – love and friendship. The aim of the Globe is to enrich the lives of children and other young people with disabilities, but all proceeds go to the summer and winter camp at Reykjadalur, a place of joy, positivity and adventure. The name of The Globe is therefore symbolic of what it represents.

When Sæmundur the Wise awaited his death and appeared to have passed away, three fingers on his right hand were seen to move restlessly as if they longed to grasp something. People wondered what this could mean. Eventually, a range of items were brought before the fingers, but they kept on fidgeting until given a pen. One finger then bent around it, then the other finger was handed a sheet of paper and the second finger bent towards it. Now passing the third finger an inkwell was the obvious next step. The fingers then wrote down the poem The Song of the Sun and, once finished, they dropped the writing implements, lay at rest and moved no more.

Ólöf Nordal (1961) studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts, The Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, completed an MFA degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and subsequently another in sculpture from Yale University in Connecticut. She received the prestigious Richard Serra Award in 2005. Ólöf is the author of a range of outdoor art pieces and public monuments. Ólöf has focused on her Icelandic cultural heritage, history and folklore. Her artistic research has been focused on the nation‘s self-identity during the postcolonial period, the origin and reflection of national motifs in the present and the fragment as a mirror into the past.

The Globe of Goodwill is a blown glass sphere, with a ribbon in red, the colour of Christmas and affection. No two Globes are exactly the same, but each of them beautiful in its own way – just like every child of the world.

The Globe of Goodwill will be available at our museum shop from December 7th until December 21st.

Christmas Carols – Exhibitions Closed

The museum’s exhibitions will be closed on Saturday December 7th on account of a performance of Christmas Carols, which will take place at that time. For the day, Hafnarborg will be filled with song and cheer, as Hafnarfjörður’s choirs, featuring singers of all ages, will come together to sing a number of Christmas songs at the beginning of the holiday season. Christmas Carols will now be performed for the twenty third year, but the concert is a collaboration between Hafnarfjörður, the Christmas Village and Hafnarborg. Entry is free and everyone welcome.

The exhibitions will otherwise be open as normal, 12–5 p.m. all days, except Tuesdays, until Christmas.

Conference at Kjarvalsstaðir – Art in the Public Realm

Thursday November 28th at 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Hafnarborg will participate in a conference at Kjarvalsstaðir, in partnership with the Reykjavík Art Museum and the Research Center in Museum Studies. The conference will take a look at art in the public realm and its meaning, both for local communities and in a broader context. Special focus will be on the origin of these kinds of projects, how they come to be, how they are financed and how they are planned.

The keynote speaker will be Tyra Dokkedahl, a Danish curator and journalist specializing in art in public spaces. Other speakers are architect Steve Christer at Studíó Grandi, Ágústa Kristófersdóttir, Director of Hafnarborg, artists Anna Hallin, Olga Bergman, Carl Boutard and Ólöf Nordal and Örn Baldursson from the Government Construction Contracting Agency. Ólöf Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Director of the Reykjavík Art Museum, will open the conference and Sigurður Trausti Traustason, Head of Collections and Research at the Reykjavík Art Museum, will lead the conference.

The participation fee is ISK 2.500. Coffee and a light lunch included. Registration required here.

Autumn Exhibition 2020 – Deadline Extended

Please note that the deadline to submit proposals for next year’s autumn exhibition has been extended by one week until Sunday November 17th. The autumn exhibition series began in the 2011 and since then nine exhibitions have been produced as a part of the series. This year‘s autumn exhibition, Everything at the Same Time, which opened on August 30th, was selected by the same method, from the proposals submitted last year.

By calling for proposals, the objective is to collaborate with different curators, who submit interesting proposals for an exhibition, as well as letting new voices be heard. In this way, special attention is given to curators who are new to the field. It is evident that a programme of this kind is not without warrant, as it has produced diverse and thought-provoking exhibitions, which have drawn attention and gotten good attendance.

The call is for exhibitions connecting subject matter, method or other ideas of artists’ works, but exhibitions analysing or focusing on a specific aspect of one artist’s work will also be considered. Proposals for exhibitions of contemporary artists’ works or exhibitions entailing historical analysis are also welcome. The Director and Art Council of Hafnarborg review the proposals and select the winning proposal each year.

Click here for more information on the submission process (in Icelandic) or contact us via email at hafnarborg@hafnarfjordur.is or by telephone at (354) 585 5790.

Please send all proposals via email to hafnarborg@hafnarfjordur.is, with the subject “Autumn Exhibition 2020”. In response, we will send a message confirming that we have received the proposal. If no confirmation is received, feel free to call us at (354) 585 5790. All results will be sent via email.

Prison – Exhibition Extended until the New Year

Olga Bergmann and Anna Hallin’s exhibition, Prison, currently on display at Sverrissalur in Hafnarborg, has been extended until the new year, with a new end date of January 5th 2020. The installation proceeds from work which Olga and Anna produced for The Hólmsheiði Prison, but a full-sized cell has been built in the museum, based on the blueprint of the cells in the prison itself.

At the exhibition, it is possible to visit the cell and enter the world of the prisoner. This world is clearly defined, being separated from our world, when most other borders and boundaries are gradually fading away, in the ever-shrinking, ever-connected world of social media and smartphones, where the actions, behaviour and location of individuals can be tracked with more and more precision.

The exhibition will be open during the installation of the next exhibition in Hafnarborg’s main gallery. The exhibition, Guðjón Samúelsson Architect, will open on Saturday November 2nd, but on that day the museum will be closed, until the opening of the new exhibition at 5 p.m.

Autumn Exhibition 2020 – Call for Proposals

As in previous years, curators will get the chance to submit proposals for Hafnarborg’s autumn exhibition of next year. The autumn exhibition series began in the 2011 and since then nine exhibitions have been produced as a part of the series. This year‘s autumn exhibition, Everything at the Same Time, which opened on August 30th, was selected by the same method, from the proposals submitted last year.

By calling for proposals, the objective is to collaborate with different curators, who submit interesting proposals for an exhibition, as well as letting new voices be heard. In this way, special attention is given to curators who are new to the field. It is evident that a programme of this kind is not without warrant, as it has produced diverse and thought-provoking exhibitions, which have drawn attention and gotten good attendance.

The call is for exhibitions connecting subject matter, method or other ideas of artists’ works, but exhibitions analysing or focusing on a specific aspect of one artist’s work will also be considered. Proposals for exhibitions of contemporary artists’ works or exhibitions entailing historical analysis are also welcome. The Director and Art Council of Hafnarborg review the proposals and select the winning proposal each year.

The deadline to submit proposals has been extended by one week until Sunday November 17th. Click here for more information on the submission process (in Icelandic) or call our office at (354) 585 5790.

Please send all proposals via email to hafnarborg@hafnarfjordur.is, with the subject “Autumn Exhibition 2020”. In response, we will send a message confirming that we have received the proposal. If no confirmation is received, feel free to call us at (354) 585 5790. All results will be sent via email.

Reduce Paper Use – Sign Up for Newsletter

In an effort to lower our ecological footprint, we constantly aim to reduce the use of paper at Hafnarborg. By signing up for the Hafnarborg Newsletter, you will receive invitations to the museum‘s exhibitions by email, as well as notifications about special events. At the bottom of the front page, you can find a field to enter your email, to sign up for our Newsletter.

To decline printed invitations, please send an email to hafnarborg@hafnarfjordur.is or call us at (354) 585 5790.

Thank you all for thinking of the environment with us.

Hafnarborg’s Summer Workshops 2019

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.

The children will work on projects in different media – drawing, painting and moulding – with the purpose of developing visual focus and inspiring creative thought and personal expression. The instructor is artist Irene Hrafnan.

Two 4-day workshops and one 5-day workshop will be available for ages 6–9 and 10–12. None of the workshops will be the same, so it is possible to attend more than one workshop.

The following workshops are available:

June 11th–14th
6–9 years old: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
10–12 years old: 1–4 p.m.

June 18th–21st
6–9 years old: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
10–12 years old: 1–4 p.m.

June 24th–28th
6–9 years old: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
10–12 years old: 1–4 p.m.

The price of the 4-day workshops is 12.500 ISK, while the price of the the 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.

Please note that there is limited availability for each workshop.

Registration is through “Mínar síður” on the webpage of Hafnarfjörður. For further information, please call 585 5790 or send an email to hafnarborg@hafnarfjordur.is.

Easter Opening Hours

Hafnarborg wishes its friends and supporters a very happy Easter. Opening hours during the holidays are as follows:

Maundy Thursday April 18th
Open 12 p.m.–5 p.m.

Good Friday April 19th
Closed

Holy Saturday April 20th
Open 12 p.m.–5 p.m.

Easter Sunday April 21st
Closed

Easter Monday April 22nd
Open 12 p.m.–5 p.m.