Reykjavik has an unbelievable number of art galleries in which the works range from pen-and-ink to sculpture, from photography to oil paintings. On average, these galleries offer five or six exhibitions per week, each lasting for 10 to 14 days. Among the most prominent are:
The 101 Gallery, 511-6999, at 18a Hverfisgata, around the corner from the 101 Hotel, which is owned and operated by the same owner. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 2 to 5 pm.
The ASI Labour Union=s Art Gallery, 511-5353, at 41 Freyjugata, is open Tuesday through Friday from 2 to 7 pm and on weekends from 2 to 10 pm. Admission is free.
The Asmundur Sveinsson Gallery, 553-2155, on Sigtun at the edge of Laugardalur Valley, displays a collection of sculptures that the artist donated to the city. Large castings of some works are displayed in the garden outside. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, the gallery once was the home and studio of the artist.
Galleri Borg is at 9 Posthusstraeti in midtown. Auctions are frequently held there.
The National Art Gallery, 515-9600, recently moved into a new home at 7 Frikirkjuvegur. It holds an excellent collection of Icelandic contemporary art and is open between 1:30 and 4 pmon Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
The annual Art Festival of Reykjavik, 561-2444, www. artfest.is, first held in 1970, is considered Iceland=s premiere cultural festival. It includes concerts, dances, theater, and opera. Along with its emphasis on Icelandic culture, it hosts many outstanding artists from around the world.
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