About the National Gallery
The National Gallery of the Faroe Islands is called "Listasavn Føroya" in Faroese. The National Gallery is located in Tórshavn and is the Faroe Islands' main museum for Faroese art. It was established in 1989. Under "History" and "The Building" you can read more about the museum's foundation and architecture.
The collection consists of approx. 2,500 works, primarily paintings but also graphics, sculptures, installations and textiles. The oldest works are from the 1830s, and the collection goes all the way up to the present.
In the National Gallery a large section is used to display the permanent art collection. Here you will find the magnificent Faroese nature and the peculiar landscape converted into pictures. You can see works depicting the green mountains of the Faroe Islands, steep cliffs, the surrounding sea, pictures of marvelous rock formations, the rich bird life, the many sheep, the picturesque villages and last but not least pictures depicting the changing weather in the Faroe Islands. The artworks give a clear impression that faith means a lot to many of the artists.
Among the main works in the art museum's collection you will find a large installation made of glass that the whole family can go into, and here you get the experience of floating in the middle of the sea. Optically you can see 700 meters up and down. Get ready for a dizzying art experience that can challenge your fear of heights. Artwork made of Faroese horse hair, a stuffed Faroese ram and raven, and works made of knit and wool are among the museum's distinctive gems that you cannot experience anywhere else in the world.
The National Gallery also arranges changing special exhibitions with Faroese artists - visit "Exhibitions" to see the programme.
The National Gallery is a top attraction for many travellers, because in short it gives the visitor an overall impression of the land, nature and landscape transformed into pictures.