Múlastofa - Exhibition

Múlastofa in Vopnafjordur is a memorial exhibition featuring the works of the brothers Jón Múli Árnason and Jónas Árnason. Their father was a manager for a general store here from 1917 to 1924. 

These two brothers were born at Kirkjuból in Vopnafjordur and grew up surrounded by music and politics which shaped the rest of their lives. Their work influenced Icelandic culture in many ways. Icelanders first and foremost remember them for the wonderful musicals, plays, songs and poems they wrote and composed which many Icelanders know by heart.

Múlastofa is located in the cultural center of Vopnafjordur, Kaupvangur, the big yellow house in the middle of the village.

Jón Múli was a multi-talented man. He wrote books of legends/folktales of himself and his contemporaries, blew a horn in a brass band, wrote epigrams when it pleased him, also wrote a famous play with others, including his brother Jónas, was a radio broadcaster, played jazz and knew the story of jazz better than anyone else - possibly better than any in the world at the time. Introduced all the concerts of the Symphony of Iceland for decades of classical performances, wrote songs that everyone knows, became a kind of public property as a radio man. Therein lies the paradox between the radio person whose mellow baritone voice was closer to the Icelandic people than any other and his knowledge and interest in the world jazz. He hosted hundreds of radio shows and was considered by many the messenger - or even prophet - of jazz in Iceland. His songs bear the mark of the best in classic standards.

Jónas was a journalist, teacher, writer and lyricist, and twice elected as a member of parliament for the socialist movement, always a dedicated left-winger, as was his brother Jón Múli. Jónas wrote new lyrics to many popular English and Irish folk songs, some that were featured in one of his theatre plays. In many ways, Jónas did not enjoy a reputation as a songwriter or poet. History has shown, however, that people appreciate his lyrics, and although humour was often dominant in the lyrics there is indisputably great depth in many of them. Jónas was namely a storyteller of the grace of God.

They had their separate successful carriers, but when they joined forces they were at their best. Together they wrote four musicals for the stage (the first one as a radio-musical later produced on stage) that have been performed over and over in Icelandic theatres. Most of their songs were written for these musicals.

The exhibition in Múlastofa has 30 separate exhibits with photographs, videos and personal artifacts plus eight interactive stations where visitors can listen to their voices in radio shows and various artists perform their songs or plays. Much of this material is from the archives of the State Radio and Television.

 

 

Open:

Summer, 1 June - 25 August: 

Every day from kl. 10:00 to 22:00

 

Winter, 26 August - 31 May

Closed

 

 

Contact:            Tourism representative of Vopnafjordur

Address:            Kaupvangur, Hafnarbyggð 4a

Tel:                     473-1331

E-mail:               info@vopnafjardarhreppur.is 

Location: 

GPS:      65.753545 - 14.8284927

Click here to see location on a map

 

Admission:

Adults 16 years and over: 600 kr.
Free for 15 years and younger.
Tickets can be bought on in Kaupvangskaffi on first floor.