Blue Lagoon recently donated an Icelandic ceramic collection to the Icelandic Museum of Design and Applied Art. Comprised of a diverse array of ceramic art, the collection represents the work of Icelandic artists, as well as international artists who worked in Iceland.
Consisting of 1500 pieces dating from the dawn of Icelandic ceramic art in the 1930s up to the present day, the collection had been privately owned. With pieces by Gudmundur frá Middal and Listvinahúsid, Ragnar Kjartansson, Funa, Hauk Dór, Steinunn Marteinsdóttir, Kogga, Kristín Ísleifsdóttir, and Dieter Roth, it is safe to say that the rich history of Icelandic ceramics can be told through this collection.
Harpa Þorsdóttir, former director of the Icelandic Museum of Design and Applied Art, accepted the collection on behalf of the museum: "This contribution made by Blue Lagoon places the museum in a unique position among Icelandic institutions in preserving Icelandic ceramics," she said. "It also provides the museum with an opportunity to carry out research and exhibit Icelandic ceramics in a holistic manner." The collection will complement the ceramic art already in the museum's possession. Likewise, it will make ceramics one of the largest preservation categories in the museum’s catalog.
Blue Lagoon has always placed strong emphasis on design. Grimur Saemundsen, CEO of Blue Lagoon, said that by giving the museum the collection, Blue Lagoon wanted to make this element of Iceland's design history more accessible because it is an important part of the country's cultural heritage. The donation is also indicative of Blue Lagoon’s support for the museum‘s operations and highlights the company’s firm belief in the importance of design for the economy.