Colour is one of visual art’s most important means of expression. It has been an object of theoretical and artistic study throughout history. ‘We do not see colour as it truly is’, wrote the author of the only extant ancient Greek dissertation on colour. This means that even in antiquity, people understood that the experience of colour is relative – a colour is influenced by its context and by the person who sees it.
The word chromophilia stems from the Greek words khrōma and philía and means ‘love of colour’. The exhibition presents a selection of works from Stavanger Art Museum’s collections that were made from the 1800s to today. The works show different approaches to colour, both as an expression and a theoretical concept. The exhibition is produced in connection with the education program Colour Lab, which is offered to pupils from the 1st to 4th grade.