African traditional art
The author and art historian Poul Vad (1927-2003) formulated the conceptual basis of Holstebro Kunstmuseum. The museum was to make art intelligible as a universal phenomenon. For this reason Danish works of art are displayed side by side with foreign works of art and art from the non-Western cultural sphere.
Poul Holm Olsen's collection
Since the opening of the museum in 1967 non-Western art has been represented by the sculptor Poul Holm Olsen’s collection of African traditional art. Poul Holm Olsen’s Collection – most of which the museum has received as a gift from the collector – comprises approx. 1000 objects. Most of the objects are from West Africa – an enormous area stretching from Sahara to the Congo basin.
Poul Holm Olsen's collection is displayed throughout the museum and in the presentation: