The Tryggvi Ólafsson Art Collection
Selected Works – Summer Exhibition


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Tryggvi Ólafsson was born in Neskaupstaður on 1 June 1940. He certainly had a remarkable painting career. Not only was he one of Iceland’s pioneers in pop art, but his style is immediately recognisable.

The Tryggvi Ólafsson Art Collection

When the Tryggvi Ólafsson Art Collection opened its first exhibition in 2001, it only owned about 30 paintings. Currently, the collection contains around 150 lacquer, oil and acrylic paintings, supplemented by some 180 collages, drawings, lithographic prints and printed posters, which altogether total well over 300 works.


Three different collections had been organised in a building scenically situated in downtown Neskaupstaður: on the ground floor, the Tryggvi Ólafsson Art Collection; on the second floor, Jósafat Hinriksson’s Seafaring and Smithy Collection; and on the third floor, the Museum of Natural History at Neskaupstaður


Joy of colors

Joy of colors

On June 1, Tryggvasafn's summer exhibition will be opened in the Neskaupstaður’s Museum House. The title of the exhibition is “Litagleði” (Joy of colors) and visitors must admit that it lives up to its name. The exhibition includes 40 works from the years 1996-2017....

2021 Summer Exhibition

2021 Summer Exhibition

On June 1st Tryggvasafn's summer exhibition was opened at the Neskaupstaður Museum House. The exhibition is called “Stemmning” (e. mood) referring to the special mood many people experience while viewing works by Tryggvi Ólafsson. The museum will be open every day...

Television interview with Tryggvi

Television interview with Tryggvi

In 2017 Tryggvi Ólafsson was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Dannebrog.  On that occasion he was interviewed by the Icelandic National Television (RÚV) where he talked about his life and art.  The interview...

"Tryggvi's emblematic paintings were reminiscent in the broadest sense of complex, synthesised symbolic or iconic images."


– Halldór B. Runólfsson, art historian

"Tryggvi both chooses and rejects objects and organisms in the wide world, then places them on stage in the small world of his painting."


– Peter Michael Hornung, art historian

"I gather up junk, maybe getting it at antique dealers or picking it up on rubbish dumps. Then I think of proportions on the picture plane for this stuff."


– Tryggvi Ólafsson, about his work

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Egilsbraut 2
740 Neskaupstað

Opening hours

Summer of 2023:
13:00-17:00 every day of the week.

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