On Museum Night, Friday 3 February, a new permanent exhibition opens in the Design Museum of Iceland.
At the exhibition The Design Museum as a Home you can find around 200 examples of Icelandic design, while the collection of the Design Museum of Iceland totals around 5,000 items from the year 1900 to the present day.
The exhibition is set up as a basic picture of a home, but like in people's homes, you can see things from different periods side by side. Furniture, tableware, clothing, books and textiles from different eras come together and shed light on a fraction of what Icelandic designers and craftsmen have created.
The home is constantly evolving. It is constantly being moved, replaced and changed. The creation of a home is a living process without an end point, but the home is first and foremost the creation of those who live there. Taste, which can be shaped by various factors in everyone's life, is what gives each and every home its own character.
There are many angles to look at a home and many things can come up. The same can be said about the installation of the exhibition, but at the end of December, the roof of the museum's exhibition hall leaked. Therefore, only part of the exhibition can be opened this time. It is not safe to install items in the living room part of the exhibition until repairs have been made. The living room is therefore empty and reminds us of the transience of life and the importance of taking good care of homes and also museum work.
Photo: Studio Fræ
The full program of Museum Night in Garðabær:
Back to Hofsstaðir, Garðatorgi 7
At 17:00 exhibition opening
A multimedia exhibition that spans the history of Garðabær from the settlement to the present day and is related to archaeological research at Hofsstaðir near Kirkjulund.
Garðabær Library, Garðatorgi 7
Musical instrument workshop with Elína Helena who instructs on the use of recycled materials.
Opening of an exhibition of Sveinbjörn Steingrímsson's paintings organized by Gróska.
The school choir of Zealand School sings.
Jakub Stachowiak's poetry shop, which composes poems according to guests' wishes.
Jazz singer Rebekka Blöndal and guitarist Ásgeir Ásgeirsson turn a library into a jazz club.
Iceland Design Museum, Garðatorgi 1
A design workshop for the whole family in the Workshop.
Ceramic designer Ada Stanczak at work in the studio.
At 18:00 - 22:00
The exhibition The most beautiful books in the world on the Platform.
At 20:00 exhibition opening
The design museum as a home is an exhibition of artifacts from the museum's collection. You can peek into several rooms of the home, but in the living room singer Jelena Ciric will play homely music together with guitarist Ásgeir Ásgeirsson and accordion player Margréti Arnardóttir. Due to leaks, it will not be possible to open the exhibition in its entirety.
All events and admission free.