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For Art’s Sake

Image: Golli. Akureyri is the largest town outside of the Capital Area, but its 18,000 inhabitants still make for a relatively small town in an international context. But a sense of identity can’t be quantified in numbers only, and Akureyri has a long and rich culture and history. Last year, its residents unveiled the newly refurbished Akureyri Art Museum, housed in two former factory buildings connected by an annex, featuring 12 exhibition spaces, storage spaces, artist and academic residencies, as well as the traditional accoutrements of an art museum – a gift shop and a café. According to museum director Hlynur Hallsson, the new museum is a point of pride for the town’s inhabitants, and it’s been a long time in the making. “When the bulk of the town’s industry and factories moved to the outskirts of town, the buildings in the town centre stood empty,” Hlynur explains. “The Akureyri municipality bought some of them and a decision was made to transform them into exhibition spaces to house art and artistic work. The municipality took an active initiative then, as well as now, when the decision was made to finish refurbishing the buildings and opening the new museum.” The […]

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