The Private collection of Þorvaldur Guðmundsson and Ingibjörg Guðmundsdóttir

Since 2001

This is the largest private collection in the country and is in the museum's keeping since 2001. It includes many treasures of twentieth century Icelandic art, including an extensive collection of paintings and drawings by Jóhannes S. Kjarval, one of Iceland`s most revered artists and other noteworthy Icelandic artists. His work entitled Lifshlaupið (The Course of Life), which originally covered four walls in the painter's studio in Austurstræti, depicts images from the lives of common folk: people at work, both in the countryside and the city. The collection also has works by many the best known Icelandic artists from the former part of the 20th century, e.g. Þórarinn B. Þorláksson, Guðmundur Thorsteinsson (Muggur), Ásgrímur Jónsson, Jón Stefánsson, Kristín Jónsdóttir and Júlíana Sveinsdóttir.

Þorvaldur Guðmundsson (1911-1998) and his wife Ingibjörg (1908-2004) were among the great entrepreneurs of the twentieth century in Iceland. Guðmundsson was successful in the meat processing industry and the hotel business. The couple were great connoisseurs of art and wanted the Icelandic public to be able to enjoy their art collection. Part of it is on view at Hótel Holt where paintings from their collection are on display. 

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