The collection

The goal of the Nordic Watercolour Museum is to study watercolour technique from today’s point of view and that of contemporary art. Our intention is to initiate discussion concerning the potentials of watercolour and to spread an understanding of how artists today and historically have used water and pigment in creating art. In this task we approach watercolour from three different perspectives:

  • Traditional watercolour
  • Watercolour as means of expression
  • Watercolour as concept

The collection forms an ongoing and important part of the museum’s activities. Since its opening in 2000 the museum has purchased the work of more than 100 artists from the five Nordic countries. Most of these purchases have been made in connection with the museum’s solo exhibitions of Nordic artists.

A selection of artists in the collection: Andreas Eriksson, Sverige / Anne Katrine Dolven, Norge / Astrid Svangren, Sverige / Cecilia Edefalk, Sverige / Elina Merenmies, Finland / Georg Guðni, Island / Gunnel Wåhlstrand, Sverige / Julie Nord, Danmark / Kati Immonen, Finland / Lars Lerin, Sverige / Maria Nordin, Sverige / Mats Gustafson, Sverige / Michael Kvium, Danmark / Olav Christopher Jenssen, Norge / Peter Land, Danmark / Petri Hytönen, Finland / Sigga Björg Sigurðardóttir, Island / Vanessa Baird, Norge