The National Gallery of the Faroe Islands

Edward Fuglø

The National Gallery of the Faroe Islands - experience the best in Faroese art

Following Tórshavns main street through the Viðarlundin park, will take you to the National Gallery. Inside the museum is the largest collection of Faroese art in the world. The grounds surrounding the museum feature beautiful bronze sculptures by Faroese artists. The museum is built in the traditional Faroese style with black wood, and lies on the edge of the plantation, close to the National Stadium.

Exhibitions and events at the museum

The National Gallery contains over 2,000 Faroese works of art, making it the largest collection of Faroese art anywhere. At the museum you will get a unique insight into Faroese culture and art history, and a very clear impression of how the Faroe Islands is a central theme for the local artists. Animals, legends, traditions and landscapes are well represented in the artistic expression.

At the museum you will experience the most recognized works of the most famous artist of the Faroe Islands, Samuel Joensen-Mikines. Famous for his powerful images of Faroese culture, landscapes and people. The images are dark and dramatic, and the people look like they were carved out of the rocks.

The different rooms of the museum are dedicated to different times and artists, and each in their own way gives you a direct insight into the Faroese soul. In common is the Faroese motifs, whether naturalistic or abstract.

The purpose of the National Gallery is to safeguard and showcase Faroese art. This means that regular exhibitions of modern Faroese artists are on display in the large bright hall, which also hosts receptions and art openings.

Visit the page to see current and upcoming exhibitions in the art gallery.

About Faroese art

After the war the Faroese Art Association began to collect Faroese art. This became the collection of the National Gallery. The oldest paintings are from the 1840s. The Faroese tradition of visual arts is relatively new, whereas traditional crafts as wood carving and knitting stretches back to ancient times. It is the museum's primary task to preserve and publicize Faroese visual art, by publishing, creating exhibitions and lending out artworks to museums in other countries.