Gunnar Hjaltason – New Poster for Sale

In Hafnarborg’s museum shop, based on artist Gunnar Hjaltason’s work Hafnarfjörður is now for sale. The poster is 37 x 56 cm and is printed in limited edition. An ideal Christmas present for 2.990 ISK. Orders can be made by contacting Hafnarborg’s gift store at or by telephone at 585 5790 between 12–5 p.m.

A retrospective of Gunnar Hjaltason’s works is now on view in Hafnarborg’s Sverrissalur. Gunnar (1920-1999) worked in Hafnarfjörður as a goldsmith for years, but the arts were his true passion. His works were exhibitied widely in Iceland. He painted in oil, acrylics and watercolour, but Hafnarborg’s exhibition focuses on his prints, many of which belong to the Hafnarborg Collection. The images depict landscapes, town views of Hafnarfjörður and the Icelandic nature, as Gunnar was a great outdoorsman, having illustrated numerous yearbooks of the Iceland Touring Association (Ferðafélag Íslands).

Three Thousand – a Short Film by Asinnajaq

As part of extended programming for The Wildflower, we are honoured to share the short film Three Thousand by Inuk artist Asinnajaq, but the film can be viewed here below, being accompanied by a short introduction by the artist in the above player. Produced with archival material from The National Film Board of Canada, Asinnajaq’s sublime imaginary universe “recast[s] the present, past and future of her people in a radiant new light.” Both historical footage and original animation, the short film dives into a complicated history retold with imaginative hope and beauty, and new possibility.

Asinnajaq ᐊᓯᓐᓇᐃᔭᖅ is an Inuk artist from Inukjuak, Nunavik. Her most recent film, Three Thousand (2017), blends archival footage with animation to imagine her home community of Inukjuak in the future. It won Best Experimental Film at the 2017 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and was nominated for Best Short Documentary at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. Exhibiting work in Canada and abroad, she is the recipient of numerous awards, including Toronto Film Critics Association’s Technicolour Clyde Gilmour Award. She is co-creator of Tillitarniit, a festival celebrating Inuit culture in Montréal. Asinnajaq is one of four curators working on the inaugural exhibition of the new Inuit Art Center in Winnipeg, Canada, opening this year.

Asinnajaq’s work Where You Go, I Follow (2020) is exhibited for the first time in The Wildflower.

Three Thousand (2017):

Live Midday Concert – Hanna Þóra Guðbrandsdóttir

Due to the current restrictions on public gatherings, Hanna Þóra Guðbrandsdóttir and Antonía Hevesi’s midday concert will be streamed live online, both on Facebook and here on the website of Hafnarborg, as we can unfortunately not accommodate an audience at this time.

The live stream will start at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3rd, as usual, and the concert will last for approximately half an hour, being accessible through the player here below. This recording will also be available for viewing online, once the concert has ended. A direct link for the stream can be found here.

We hope we will be able to welcome you back at our midday concerts in Hafnarborg before long.

The Wildflower – “Dismantling the Meadow”

DArcy Wilson reads her creative text “Dismantling the Meadow” that opens with 19th century history of The Language of Flowers, the text being published in the accompanying catalogue to The Wildflower, Hafnarborg’s 2020 autumn exhibition. Questioning the meaning, sentiment and culture that Western thought assigns to plants and flora, she wanders through The Wildflower, stopping to notice and attempt translation of each individual work and artist. Her research, memories and personal experiences lead her to plots of suburban landscaping and tangles of wilderness where the rhododendron and its wild cousin, the rhodora, grow in her home on the east coast of Canada.

D’Arcy Wilson is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers the representation of nature in a Western context, lamenting colonial interactions with the wilderness. Her work has been presented across Canada, most recently at Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, The Rooms Art Gallery, St. John’s, and the Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, as well as a part of M:ST, Flotilla, and the Bonavista Biennale. She is the recipient of several awards, including a Sobey Art Award earlier this year. Wilson graduated with an MFA from the University of Calgary in 2008. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts Program on the Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The Wildflower is a group exhibition of works by artists based in Iceland and Canada, curated by Becky Forsythe and Penelope Smart. The exhibition catalogue, in which D’Arcy’s text is published, is available in Hafnarborg’s museum shop. The exhibition will stand until November 8th, being temporarily closed to guests out of concern for public health.

Please Note – Closed Temporarily

Please note that Hafnarborg will be temporarily closed to guests from October 8th, due to restrictions on gatherings.

In the meanwhile, make sure to follow us on social media, on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

The museum will reopen as soon as the situation allows.


Live Midday Concert – Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir

Due to public health considerations, we have decided to stream Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir and Antonía Hevesi’s midday concert live online, both on Facebook and here on the website of Hafnarborg, as we can unfortunately not accommodate an audience in accordance with current assembly limits.

The live stream will start at 12 p.m. on Tuesday October 6th, as planned, and the concert will last for approximately half an hour, being accessible through the player here below. This recording will also be available for viewing online, once the concert has ended. A direct link for the stream can be found here.

We hope we will be able to welcome you back at our midday concerts in Hafnarborg before long.

An Urban Archive as an English Garden – Live Events

Every Saturday, during the course of the exhibition An Urban Archive as an English Garden, a programme of live events will be presented, where composer Davíð Brynjar Franzson‘s collaborators engage with and activate the exhibition through the playing of live instruments, as well as with their own presence. The live performance will respond to and reflect on moments within the soundscape, a sonic garden, which guest can explore, alongside the performer, on their own terms in both time and space. The events take place twice during the day in the exhibition space, at 2:30 and 4 p.m., on the following dates:

August 29th
Júlía Mogensen, cellist
live performance in Hafnarborg

September 5th
Matt Barbier, trombonist
live stream from Los Angeles

September 12th
Russell Greenberg, percussionist
live stream from New York

September 19th
Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir, violinist
live performance in Hafnarborg

September 26th
Matt Barbier, trombonist
live stream from Los Angeles

October 3rd
Russell Greenberg, percussionist
live stream from New York

October 17th
Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir, violinist
live stream from Malmö

October 24th
Júlía Mogensen, cellist
live stream from Hafnarborg

On October 10th, Skerpla, a group of students at the music department of the Iceland University of the Arts, under the guidance of Berglind María Tómasdóttir, professor, will host their own live stream event in the space at Hafnarborg, working from the ideas and perspectives offered by Davíð.

Autumn Exhibition 2021 – 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 ten exhibitions have been produced as a part of the series. This year‘s autumn exhibition, The Wildflower, which opened on August 29th, 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 program 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 analyzing 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 is until midnight, Sunday October 25th.

Applications are only accepted via email at

Application process

The application process is divided into two parts. For more details about the process and the required material, please read on.

Part 1

For the first part of the application process, we ask for the following information:

  • Description of the exhibition project with an emphasis on the idea behind the exhibition (1000 words maximum).
  • CV of the curators.
  • Short CV of the artist/artists and others that will be part of the exhibition project.

Please provide as detailed a description as possible, while respecting the maximum word count. We will also accept illustrative material that is descriptive for the project. Make an effort to get acquainted with Hafnarborg’s gallery spaces and layout before submitting the proposal. The Art Council of Hafnarborg, alongside the Director, will review all proposals and select those that will move on to the second part of the application process.

Part 2

The curators that submitted the proposals that were selected for further evaluation will be asked to present their ideas and provide additional materials, such as exhibition catalogues, illustrative material or videos, as well as working on a realistic budget plan for the exhibition. The budget plan for the exhibition, including its preparation, is expected to be in accordance with the museum’s financial plan, otherwise making plans to seek special financial support for the project.

When evaluating the proposal, the following will be taken under special consideration:

  • Selection of artists.
  • Whether the exhibition introduces an innovative view of the arts, for example in relation to its context and/or media.
  • Whether the exhibition includes new or older works, or even a mixture of both.
  • Whether the exhibition has a special relevance to Hafnarborg, for example to its museum collection, its surroundings etc.
  • Whether the exhibition makes use of Hafnarborg’s exhibition space in a creative way.
  • The curators’ experience and CV (specifically looking for curators in the earlier part of their career).
  • Suggestions for programming connected to the exhibition (curatorial talks, artist talks, seminars etc.).
  • Suggestions for a possible publication.
  • That the financial aspect of the project is within reasonable limits (a more precise assessment of the cost will take place in the later part of the process).

Sketches of Hafnarborg’s floor plan can be viewed here. They can be used for the proposals, although it is not required that the exhibition be designed precisely for the space.

Please send all proposals via email to, under the subject “Autumn Exhibition 2021”. 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.

Further information is given by the office of Hafnarborg at (354) 585 5790.

Midday Concert – Fully Booked

Please note that Gissur Páll Gissurarson’s Midday Concert is already fully booked for tomorrow, Tuesday September 1st at 12 p.m.

We are very grateful for the incredible response and look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

We would also like to remind you that the concert will be streamed online, both here and on our Facebook page.

Please Note – Museum Open as Usual

In concordance with the recommendations made by Iceland‘s Chief Epidemiologist, which took effect July 31st, we would like to announce that the museum will be open as usual, at least for the time being, assuring the fulfilment of all conditions laid out by authorities.

As before, we place a special focus on hygiene and preventive measures, regularly sterilizing points of common contact, reminding guests to keep a distance of two metres from each other, both in the exhibition rooms and the museum reception, as well as offering easy access to hand sanitizer and wash basins.

The museum is open all days, except Tuesdays, from 12–5 p.m. and entry is free.