The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum was founded in 1995 by artist Níels Hafstein and his wife Magnhildur Sigurðardóttir, who is a psychiatric nurse.
The museum is located in North Iceland, at Svalbarðsströnd (about 10 minutes’ drive from Akureyri). It consists of two adjoining vintage buildings with a local history, one being the former elementary school and community centre, while the other was built in 1900 to house the district’s first coop.
The museum was reopened after renovation in 2007 with 10 separate galleries of various sizes, altogether 500 square metres of exhibition space.
For over 30 years the museum’s founders have been passionately committed to collecting artworks by artists who have hitherto been seen as outside the cultural mainstream, often also called naïve or brut. Artists who have a real and direct connection to an original creational spirit; true, unspoiled and free.
The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum is a unique art museum in Iceland, initially collecting artworks by all major contemporary folk artists and autodidacts in Iceland, whose works form the core of the collection, while also gradually acquiring an excellent collection of art by professional artists. The base collection consists today of about 6,000 artworks by over 300 artists, dating from the mid19th century to present times.
In addition a special department was founded in 2015, consisting of 120–130,000 works by Þórður Guðmundur Valdimarsson [1922–2002], alias Kikó Korríró.