Heralded in 1888 as 'the first permanent Art Gallery in the Dominion', Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki remains the largest art institution in New Zealand, with a collection numberingover 15,000 works. These include major holdings of New Zealand historic, modern andcontemporary art, and outstanding works by Māori and Pacific artists, as well as Europeanpainting, sculpture and print collections ranging in date from 1376 to the present day.Read More
The Gallery is also home to the Chartwell Collection, a collection of contemporary art fromNew Zealand and Australia.
Auckland Art Gallery continues to actively acquire works across all collection areas. The Gallery supports the exhibition programmes of other public art galleries and museums throughout New Zealand and overseas by making its collection available for loan.
With the rapid growth of the Gallery’s collection, the historic building has undergone asuccession of extensions and alterations. The most recent redevelopment opened to thepublic in September 2011. This ambitious building project restored and preserved thebuilding’s iconic heritage fabric while adding large contemporary exhibition spaces, extensiveglazing and new outdoor sculpture terraces.
The redeveloped Gallery is at the centre of a city whose energy and enthusiasm for the artscontinues to grow.
The works include a 14m-tall rope weaving, remixed footage from WWII, and video of newspapers being bleached.
This year, the month of May kicks off with the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019) at The Cloud on Queens Wharf, where over 40 leading galleries from the Pacific Rim will exhibit. A carefully curated selection of talks and exhibitions will accompany the fair, including the 2019 Projects Programme organised by Francis McWhannell titled...
The time is ripe to galvanise New Zealand's public to more fully support its visual arts. With New Zealand-born artists like Simon Denny, Michael Stevenson and Francis Upritchard continuing to gain international acclaim, and a Turner Prize nominee in Luke Willis Thompson, the international art world is beginning to take notice of this small...
Doryun Chong is deputy director and chief curator at M+, Hong Kong’s new museum for visual culture. While the museum’s ambitious Herzog & de Meuron building is yet to be opened in the West Kowloon Cultural District, Chong’s team is pressing ahead with curatorial activities, acquiring major collections of Chinese art and...
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