GALLERY COLLECTION

NAGN COLLECTION

The Permanent Collection of the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) houses a large variety of works collected from the inception of the gallery as an institution in 2005. The mandate of the NAGN is to collect, preserve, study, exhibit and stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art that collectively represent the broadest spectrum of human achievement at the highest level of quality, all in the service of the public and in accordance with the highest professional standards.

The Permanent Collection of the NAGN echoes this mandate, striving to preserve and exhibit works that show the artistic talent in Namibia, as well as that offer voices to issues and themes pertaining to Namibian society.

The NAGN Permanent Collection is as varied as our society is diverse. As such, there is a broad spectrum of ways in which to exhibit the works in the collection. Part of advancing our collective knowledge of Namibian arts and artists is to continue to re-engage with works from our past and our present in new and interesting ways to open up possibilities of continual learning.

The NAGN Permanent Collection is made up of over 300 artworks, from works by around 150 artists. The majority of these artworks have been collected during group and individual exhibitions hosted by the NAGN and are selected according to established criteria, as formulated in its Collection Management Policy. This collection is housed in the National Art Gallery of Namibia storage, and is shown throughout the annual schedule in sections in exhibitions in the gallery curated around various themes.

GRN COLLECTION

The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) received custody of the Government of the Republic of Namibia Art Collection when the Namibian Parliament passed the NAGN Act 14 of 2000. The National Art Gallery of Namibia places a high priority on the safeguarding of the visual art heritage of the Namibian Nation.

The GRN Art Collection is an essential part of this endeavour. The care and preservation of this valuable national asset is an immense responsibility, which requires extensive input of human and logistic resources from the NAGN, as well as the kind cooperation of motivated GRN offices.

It is against this background that NAGN staff members are engaged in an ongoing process of documenting, condition reporting, registration and accessioning of GRN art works. This programme is designed to reach all 13 regions and embassies abroad. So far most of the Ministries in Windhoek have undergone the process.

The visual and technical information collected with this process will enable the NAGN to compile presentation materials which will form part of a campaign to enhance awareness of Namibian visual arts.

AAHT COLLECTION

The ARTS ASSOCIATION HERITAGE TRUST Collection is the most comprehensive historical visual art collection in Namibia today, legally safeguarded since 2006 in a trust.

Built up by the Arts Association of Namibia (AAN), the Arts Association Heritage Trust has acquired most of its Collection from donations by members, artists and the kind sponsorship of the Metje and Behnsen Family since 1948.

The collection comprises modern and contemporary paintings, graphics, sculptures and traditional African art by mostly Namibian artists. The Heritage Collection includes a large collection of linocuts by John Ndevasia Muafangejo, whom the AAN assisted with a study bursary, exhibitions - locally and internationally - as well as through catalogues and through direct promotion and marketing since 1973 until his death in 1987.

The collection serves as a valuable tool for education especially during the Annual Visual Art Museum Programme (AVAMP), when certain themes, genres and developments in art are emphasised. Unfortunately due to a lack of space, only a small part of the collection can be showcased annually. It is however envisioned that the Heritage Collection will find a suitable exhibition space where the array of Namibia’s visual art heritage can be presented permanently.