Icelandic design

Blue Lagoon recently donated an Icelandic ceramic collection to the Icelandic Museum of Design and Applied Art. Comprised of a diverse array of ceramic art, the collection represents the work of Icelandic artists, as well as international artists who worked in Iceland.

Consisting of 1500 pieces dating from the dawn of Icelandic ceramic art in the 1930s up to the present day, the collection had been privately owned. With pieces by Gudmundur frá Middal and Listvinahúsid, Ragnar Kjartansson, Funa, Hauk Dór, Steinunn Marteinsdóttir, Kogga, Kristín Ísleifsdóttir, and Dieter Roth, it is safe to say that the rich history of Icelandic ceramics can be told through this collection.

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On paper - last exhibition day.

On Sunday, 5th of March, the last day of the exhibition On paper we will have a guided tour with two of three curators of the exhibition, Ástríður Magnúsdóttir and Harpa Þórsdóttir. The tour starts at 2pm. You are welcome!

On display are sketches and drawings by designers and artists from the museum collection and private collections. The pieces provide an idea about the working process of designers and artists when making packaging, advertisements, book covers and of furniture and interior designers from the 1920s until the 1960s.

The exhibition includes works by Jónas Sólmundsson (1905-1983), Jón Kristinsson or Jóndi  (1925-2009), Kristín Þorkelsdóttir (1936), Lothar Grund (1923-1995), Stefán Jónsson (1913-1989) and Sverrir Haraldsson (1930-1985).

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The municipality of Garðabær recently celebrated its 30 year anniversary with a special anniversary program at Garðatorg square. For this occasion the Museum of Design and Applied Art invited a few well-known locals to choose a piece from the Museum’s collection to add to the exhibition Keepers.

Seven Garðabær locals were guided by museum staff through the museum’s storage area and were given a little insight into the museum’s projects. On the anniversary itself the pieces had been arranged as part of the exhibition along with short explanations for why each person chose it.

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The Icelandic Design Award Ceremony 2015 will take place on November 24. See here for the shortlist for the Icelandic Design Award 2015 and the jury’s reasoning for the Best Investment in Design Award.

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We celebrate our National Day on June 17th with a free admisson. We just opened a new exhibition, Keepers which highlights the Museum's collection. Here you have more information about Keepers - just click


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Upcoming exhibition June 12th


Museum collections are collections. They are made up by a number of collected objects and sources that have some meaning to the museum and usually more than one. But how are the objects collected? What reasons lie behind certain objects being collected and where do the boundaries lie when collecting objects for a collection?

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