Midday Concerts – Winter/Spring 2020

The first Midday Concert of the year 2020 is set to take place on February 4th at 12 p.m.  At the first concert, Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir, soprano, will perform, accompanied by Antonía Hevesi, the artistic director of the concert series, on piano. The concert series has been a part of Hafnarborg’s programme for the past sixteen years.

The programme of the Midday Concerts, until spring, is as follows:

February 4th
Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir, soprano

March 3rd
Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir (Diddú), soprano

April 7th
Kolbeinn Ketilsson, tenor

May 5th
Gissur Páll Gissurarson, tenor

The Midday Concerts normally take place on the first Tuesday of each month during the wintertime. The concerts start promptly at noon and last for approximately half an hour. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the concerts are open to all, as long as there is available seating. Entry is free.

Please note that the programme is subject to change.

Holiday Greetings from Hafnarborg

The Hafnarborg team wishes you all, the friends and partners of the museum, happy holidays and a joyful new year, as another great year comes to an end.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at Hafnarborg in the new year.

The Globe of Goodwill – Sold out at Our Shop

The Globe of Goodwill is sold out at Hafnarborg’s museum shop, as in many places in the Great Reykjavík Area. Some places have a few pieces left, but we recommend calling ahead to make sure that the Globe is still in stock. A list of places selling the Globe can be found here.

There are still a few pieces left of this year’s Yuletide Lads Mobile at our museum shop.

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

The office of Hafnarborg will be closed during the holidays. 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.