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.


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.


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.