About ASÍ Art Museum

The ASÍ Art Museum was founded in 1961. The collection is owned by the Icelandic Federation of Labour Unions and works according to guidelines adopted by the ASÍ governing body. The industrialist and publisher Ragnar Jónsson of Smári laid the basis for the art museum by donating to the Federation his collection of paintings – about 120 images – by many of Iceland’s best-known painters. Ragnar’s wish was to establish an art museum that would present art to Iceland’s working people. The ASÍ Museum has always been guided by this principle and has specialized in art exhibitions mounted in studios and institutions across Iceland. Its collection has grown swiftly and steadily since its founding almost sixty years ago, and now comprises roughly 4,000 works.

The museum is also actively exhibiting and comissioning contemporary art. Several exhibitions are held each year in various places around the country. Alongside the exhibitions are outreach programs such as art workshops for children.  

Museum director is Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir. 

Advisory board of the museum comprises of Dorothée Kirch, Heiðar Kári Rannversson and Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir, museum director.

Board of directors: Guðrún Ágústa Guðmundsdóttir, Sverrir Mar Albertsson and Kristján Snæbjarnarson.