Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar)

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar) Reykjavik Reviews

davejo davejo
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Drop by Einar's museum Feb 03, 2017
The Einar Jonsson Museum is situated in Eriksgata opposite Hallgrimskikja but unfortunately i was unable to visit the museum as i was not around when it was open (times below). Inside are many of his sculptures and works, but do not despair if the museum is closed as there is a garden outside with some of his works and is accessible from a gate in Njardagata WHICH I WILL COVER IN ANOTHER TIP.

Opening hours Tuesday - Sunday 13.00-17.00 (June -Sept)

Other months of the year it is only open at the weekends, same times, except December and January when it is closed.

Admission ISK 1,000, under 18-free

Einar Jonsson (1874-1954) was an outstanding Icelandic sculptor who was born on a farm in Galtafell, south Iceland. He showed promise as a young child and studied at the Copenhagen Academy of Art but in 1902 he was awarded by Parliament a grant to study in Rome. After 20 years abroad he made an agreement with the parliament to provide him with a home and in return he would donate all his works of art to Iceland. Einar made his sculptures from plaster which was rather unusual, but also there was a lack of quality sculpting clay in the country. He was commissioned by the government to make public monuments but he also had private commissions, and his own personal work too. His work was based on Christ's consciousness, spirituality and Icelandic mythology.

You can see many of his sculptures in a garden behind the Einar Jonsson museum which is accessible through a gate in Njardagata. Entrance is free.
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Africancrab Africanc…
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Evocative Iron Sculptures Oct 08, 2010
If you are visiting Iceland, and you are from the United State, you need to know that in comparison, Iceland is NOT a cheap country. That having been said, it is one of the most beautiful and surprisingly artsy countries I have visited. Reykjavik particularly is an art city with most of Iceland's most prominent art galleries, museums, landmarks and monuments situated within. This review however is dedicated to the Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar)

I must confess I did not see the inside of the gallery as it was closed by the time Mark and I arrived. But I should have loved to see the inside. The outside was captivating. At the back of the gallery is a well kept yard with an outstanding display of iron sculptures that defy imagination. Located right next to the Hallgrimskirkja Church. The art pieces in the garden are quite evocative and worth looking at.
Einar Jonsson Museum
Africancrab says:
I love art, sculptures particularly. It is harder to work with such materials as metals. I have the highest regard for sculptors.
Posted on: Oct 13, 2010
Glynnes says:
Luv sculptures. Thanks for sharing.
Posted on: Oct 13, 2010

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