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. A fundamental part of 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.

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. This introductory booklet is the frst in a series of volumes that will be published by the NAGN in an effort to make the Permanent Collection of the NAGN accessible to the public. Each successive booklet will highlight various aspects of the collection.

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