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The collections consists of several subcollections and includes some highpoints of Norwegian and Internationally renowned artists.

Stavanger Art Museum’s collection contains over 2,600 works of art from the 1800s to today, mostly by Norwegian artists. The collection constantly grows in accordance with the museum’s collection policy, which emphasises certain key 19th century artists and the development of their practice. The museum purchases contemporary art that can expand and complete perspectives in the collection, but which also are relevant in a regional and international context. In addition to the works the museum purchases, it accepts relevant long-term deposits.

Stavanger Art Museum’s overall collection consists of the Permanent Collection, which started when the art society Stavanger kunstforening was founded in 1865, the Halfdan Hafsten Collection, which was bequeathed to the gallery Stavanger Faste Galleri in 1984, and the Jan Groth and Steingrim Laursen Collection, which has continued growing since 1998. Along with these partial collections, the museum’s collection contains main works from Norwegian art history such as Lars Hertervig’s works on canvas and paper, Kitty Kielland's landscape paintings and large tapestries by Frida Hansen.

Photo: Olaf Lange, Urvasi. Terje Tveit / AmS