Foundation

Foundation
Selected works from The University of Iceland Art Collection
Gallery 08
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University of Iceland Art Collection was founded in 1980, hence it will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2020. Like many university art collections abroad, University of Iceland bases its collection partly on donations. The founding collection, donated by the couple Ingibjrg Gumundsdttir (1911-1994) and Sverrir Sigursson (1909-2002) weighs the most, and their donations of artworks to the collection are among the most valuable gifts that the University of Iceland has received. Some Icelandic artists, or their estates, have also donated their artworks to the collection. The University of Iceland has altogether received 1330 artworks through donations. By adding the artworks that have been purchased, the collection now consists of 1450 artworks.

The founding collection was mostly made up of numerous abstract works from mid and second half of the 20th century, which laid the foundation for a unique collection. At the exhibition in Akureyri Art Museum abstract works by artists such as orvaldur Sklason, Karl Kvaran, Hrur gstsson, Gumunda Andrsdttir and more will be exhibited.