17 years after the inauguration of Haugar as an art museum it is now possible to view a permanent exhibition of some of the works that have been acquired by the institution. In addition to the existing galleries, where our temporary exhibitions are presently shown, some 260 square metres of new and refurbished space will now be available.

The collection is as yet not very extensive, but does contain many important works by both regional artists and renowned Norwegian names. Furthermore Haugar will now be able to exhibit its collection in the company of an international art star, Andy Warhol. The fact that the Warhol works on view utilize images borrowed from the only Norwegian artist of similar stature, Edvard Munch, is especially pleasing. Containing several examples of his characteristic and colourful silkscreen prints, the After Munch-series also includes three of the original paintings on canvas that were commissioned by a Norwegian gallery owner in New York and completed in 1983-84.

The reason that Haugar is the first museum ever to present such a complete collection of this series is entirely due to our close and fruitful collaboration with the Sparebanken DNB NOR Foundation, which has made a long-term loan of its recently acquired Warhol collection to Haugar.

The rebuilding of the museum has been carried out and partly financed by its owner/proprietor Vestfold County. The financing of the project was secured last year with a grant from the Minister of Culture Anniken Huitfeldt.

© 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York