The Canica Art Collection is first and foremost comprised of Nordic and Northern European fine art from the 19th. and 20th. Century – painting, sculpture and graphic work. Essentially, art historical movements of interest are: the Nordic avant-garde from the period around the First World War, abstract and nonfigurative art from the 1920s, Expressionism, Surrealism – artists associated with the CoBrA-group. Key artists among others are: J.F. Willumsen, Edvard Munch, Gösta Adrian-Nilsson, Erik Olson, Franciska Clausen, Freddie, Arne Ekeland, Vilhelm Lunststrøm – and especially Asger Jorn, who is represented with more than 30 paintings. Also in the substantial print collection, Asger Jorn is an artist of key importance – represented with 300 works, including several of his most important graphical series. Other leading printmakers counts Edvard Munch, Rolf Nesch, Ludvig Eikaas, Knut Rumohr and Per Kleiva.
The older part of the collection consists of characteristic works from the Danish Golden Age, the Düsseldorf-School, Nordic Realism, Neo-Romanticism and Symbolism – C.W.Eckersberg, Thomas Fearnley, Bruno Liljefors, Erik Werenskiold, Gerhard Munthe, Hugo Birger, Krøyer, Skredsvig, Christian Skredsvig, Frits Thaulow, Nils Kreuger, Halfdan Egedius, Albert Edelfeldt et al. Within sculpture the artists Auguste Rodin and Gustav Vigeland holds a central role in the collection. They are followed by the Danish artists Johannes Bjerg and Gerhard Henning, in addition to the more modern artists like Ejler Bille and Sonja Ferlov Mancoba.
In addition, a not insignificant component of the fine art collection, is an extensive museum quality photography collection, represented by internationally acclaimed photographers: Richard Avedon, Horst P Horst, André Kertész, Peter Lindbergh, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, and Bruce Weber, among others. The company’s holding of remarkable works by the American artist Robert Mapplethorpe, by many now considered one of the most influential contemporary artists of the latter part of the 20th Century, is the cornerstone of this collection comprised of more than 200 prints, including unique images and photographic sculptural objects, by the artist.
The Canica Art Collection collaborates closely with museums worldwide and art from its holdings is on loan to several museum exhibitions, in Norway and abroad, at any given time.
The exhibition ”From Munch to Slettemark”, recently exhibited at the Munch Museum and KODE in Bergen (2013), will in the next few years be succeeded by exhibitions representing other parts of the collection.