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The National Art Gallery of Namibia Permanent Collection

The National Art Gallery of Namibia Permanent Collection is living evidence of the expansion and development of Namibian art, especially during the post-independence era. Preceding the promulgation of the National Art Gallery of Namibia Act no 14 of 2000, the main focus had been on collecting art works from established pre-independence artists. The NAGN Permanent Collection recognizes the opportunity for the exploration and commemoration of contemporary Namibian art of a competent standard, at the same time providing a platform for interaction between artists and audience.

The Permanent Collection is made up of approximately 270 contemporary art works of Namibian origin. The National Art Gallery of Namibia Permanent Collection endeavours to mark noteworthy developments in Namibian art. The greatest part of the collection has been collected during group and individual exhibitions hosted by the NAGN and is selected according to established criteria, as formulated in its Collection Management Policy.

The selection process is based on conceptual and technical quality, and the relative contribution of the work to the body of Namibian art. The National Art Gallery of Namibia Permanent Collection comprises work representing different disciplines (painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, mixed media, new media and outstanding works of craft. The collection demonstrates and contains the very best art works and within them are intuitive and uncommon pieces that are not only beautiful but significant within the history of Namibia.