In 2015 we celebrated our 20th year as the art museum for Aust- and Vest-Agder. Responsibility for the region’s art is reflected in our permanent collections, which include the holdings of Christianssands Billedgalleri (established in 1902). This is why we’ve chosen to create a presentation with a regional perspective.
The exhibition has two parts. The permanent section presents pictures related to specific places and Sørlandet’s landscape, to artists and people from the region, and to art with motifs from Setesdal. The city of Kristiansand is also a featured theme. You can see a model for the monumental relief on the former Agder Theatre, a model for the neverproduced equestrian statue of the city’s founder Christian IV, and paintings showing scenes from the catastrophic city fire in 1892.
The exhibition’s temporary section features textiles and craft art from the region. Since the 1970s Sørlandet has been home to many noted craft artists, several of whom are presented here. This is the first time we mount a collective presentation of ceramics, textiles, glass and jewellery art.