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Selected works from Akureyri Art Museum's Collection
7. July 2019
Selected works from Akureyri Art Museum’s Collection
August 25ᵗʰ 2018 - October 11ᵗʰ 2020
Akureyri municipality formally began purchasing artworks around 1930, when a painting by Freymóður Jóhannsson was bought. Today the municipality owns around 700 diverse visual art works.
After the founding of Akureyri Art Museum in 1993, preservation of the collection became one of its roles. The Museum adopted a policy of exhibiting the biggest part of the collection on the walls of the municipality’s institutions - which today is still the case. This makes the collection visible to the staff and residents of Akureyri municipality.
In this exhibition, the focus is on the Akureyri Art Museum’s permanent collection. Great works by Icelandic artists, mostly from Akureyri or Eyjafjörður, will be exhibited. The criteria for selecting works from the collection was diversity and gender equality, even though the collection mainly consists of works by male artists. It is however an interesting fact that through the years, the number of works by female artist has steadily increased.
Curators: Guðrún Pálína Guðmundsdóttir, Haraldur Ingi Haraldsson and Hlynur Hallsson.