Gjöfin til Íslenzkrar Alþýðu (The Gift to the People) is the artwork that sparked the forming of Iceland’s ASI Art Museum in 1961. This stunning volume gathers the entire collection for the first time.
The book is bound in light gray linen and open stitched for effortless viewing of the masterpieces.
The comprehensive, 252-page volume features work spanning more than a century by Iceland’s most renowned artists.
Each piece has been carefully restored to its original appearance and enhanced to come to life in this large format. All photographs of paintings are done by photographer Vigfús Birgisson.
The book is printed on 150 gr. Munken Polar Rough paper stock to engage the sense of touch. The cover jacket is printed in Pantone 876 and set in Boogie School, a typeface designed by Icelandic type-foundry Or-Type.
Designed by Arnar&Arnar and published by the museum itself, Gjöfin won the golden prize at the FÍT — Icelandic Association of Graphic Designers Awards—in 2020.
The Icelandic jury noted:
“infused with stamina, professionalism, and ambitious design work, the collection meets all expectations with careful attention to detail and respect for the subject matter.“
Studio-photos of book by Axel Sigurðarson