On the Theatre Museum of Iceland

General assembly ofThe Theatre Museum

General assembly ofThe Theatre Museum in Idno Theatre 2005

The Theatre Museum of Iceland was established on 9th March 2003 in Reykjavík. It was founded as a collective effort by 27 organizations, theatres and cultural institutions in order to collect all kinds of theatre material, maintain a computerized database on Icelandic theatre history, and arrange exhibitions and educational activities. The Museum is a member of NCTD, the Scandinavian Centre for Theatre Documentation.

The Theatre Museum still has no permanent exhibition space, but has put on exhibits every year in different venues, always focused on a certain theme. The most important of these have been an exhibition about the theatre activities of the Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness in 2001 in commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of his birth, and an exhibition about the painter and stage designer Sigurður Guðmundsson (1833-1874), the most important pioneer of drama and theatrical art in the 19th century. A thorough record of these exhibits and the Museums other exhibitions, both in text and pictures, can be found on this website (under "Sýningar"). The Theatre Museum has also commemorated the centenaries of leading personalities in Icelandic theatre history: see under "Merkisdagar" on this website. Since collection work started in 2001 the Museum has acquired some very valuable private collections, the most important of these being those of Haraldur Björnsson (1892-1967), one of the pioneers of professional acting; Auróra Halldórsdóttir (1907-1982), a popular actress in revue and cabaret; and Sveinn Einarsson (b. 1934), a former head of the National Theatre of Iceland. In 2003 the Museum acquired a sofa and six chairs from the dressing room of Poul Reumert (1883-1968), the great Danish actor who was married to the Icelandic actress Anna Borg (1903-1963). Anna Borg was the daughter of Iceland´s greatest actress in the early 20th century, Stefanía Guðmundsdóttir (1876-1926) and the donation was made by the descendants of Geir Borg, Anna´s brother. As the couple were always very supportive of Icelandic actors in their fight for a professional theatre in Iceland, this donation has particular value for Icelandic theatre history, even if it strictly speaking belongs to Danish theatre history. With the furniture came many documents and paintings from the family, among them an original portrait by Reumert in one of his roles.


Settur hefur verið upp á vegum Leikminjasafns Íslands Gagnabanki íslenskra leikhúsa og leikhúslistamanna þar sem hægt verður að fá upplýsingar um verkefni í öllum íslenskum leikhúsum frá stofnun Leikfélags Reykjavíkur til okkar daga.

Leikminjasafn Íslands hefur haft þann hátt á að minnast aldarafmæla merkra íslenskra leikhúsmanna undir heitinu Merkisdagar íslenskrar leiklistarsögu.

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