Joi de vivre! The Living Art Museum loans works to The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Museum 2017

The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum opened anew after winter on Saturday May 13th at 2:00pm!

From May 14th to September 3rd, 2017 the museum will be open daily between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The 2017 exhibition year will take place in collaboration with numerous artists, The Living Art Museum, Art Without Borders festival, Grenivík School, Álfaborg Preschool and Valsár School in Svalbarðseyri.

Among exhibitions this year is an installation of works by artist Dieter Roth, which looks into the childlike nature found in his work, antics, images he drew using both hands simultaneously and reviews his self-portraits. To shed light on this in some of the works, plaster animals by students in the youngest grade from Grenivík School are being presented alongside, and offer a continuation of the youthful tone that resonates for some in Dieter Roth´s works.

The exhibition presents works from the collection of The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum alongside 27 works on loan from The Living Art Museum.

The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum will host 10 exhibitions this year, with numerous artists including:

Aðalheiður Sigríður Eysteinsdóttir who will exhibit the work Flæðilína, which was done especially for the museum and dedicated to it’s founders. Birta Guðjónsdóttir will exhibit her work Táknskilningur and Harpa Björnsdóttir will exhibit the work FÓRN (SACRIFICE). Sigríður Ágústsdóttir and Ragnheiður Þóra Ragnarsdóttir´s exhibition is titled Vorlaukar and includes ceramicwork, painting and photography.

Matthías Rúnar Sigurðsson and Þorvaldur Jónsson are of the younger generation of artists and are both from Reykjavík. Their exhibition brings together sculptures from the Icelandic dolerite and colourful paintings on plywood.

In the reading room at The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum, work from the collection can currently be seen. Hulda Vilhjálmsdóttir exhibits paintings, drawings, bookworks and ceramics. In addition there are pictures by Erla Þórarinsdóttir, Bjargey Ingólfsdóttir and Hálfdán Björnsson.

The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum was founded in 1995 by Níels Hafstein and Magnhildur Sigurðardóttir and is located at Svalbarðsströnd in Eyjafjörður.

In the collection there is work after 323 self-taught and educated artists, in whole counting nearly 6000 artworks. Within the museum there is also a specific collection department, Kikó Korriró-stofa, where 120-130,000 works by Þórður Guðmundur Valdimarsson are preserved.

The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum is known within the art museums in Iceland to collect and exhibit work by outsider artists and educated artists equally and offers a wide range in the exhibitions held at the museum. Traditional folk art and progressive contemporary art are exhibited inclusively, with the goal of The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum focused on quality and sincerity.

Further information can be found on the museum´s website:
For further inquiries: 461-4066 / safngeymsla(at)