Celebrating New Zealand’s first Public Gallery

Beloved: Works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Celebrating New Zealand’s first Public Gallery

Dunedin Public Art Gallery from 12 December 2009

December sees the launch of a major collection exhibition and sumptuous accompanying publication: Beloved: Works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

Extending through the entire downstairs gallery spaces, Beloved commemorates the125th year of the establishment of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. This project sets out to showcase the masterpieces that have been collected, gifted and championed by a diverse group of inspired individuals, community organizations, academics, civic leaders, keen aesthetes, artists and art professionals over the years.

Several years in the making, Beloved, the publication, promises to be a highly sought after introduction to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery’s magnificent collection of historical and contemporary paintings, photographs, works on paper, sculptures, decorative items and installations.  Nearly two decades on from the original collection book Treasures, Beloved will reintroduce readers to the prized pieces housed by the Gallery, provide updates to the collection alongside more than 200 sumptuous colour reproductions. A major production, this book has brought national and international art experts together to provide their insights into New Zealand’s first Public Art Collection

To coincide with the launch of this new book the Gallery will also present the Beloved exhibition.  While the publication follows a chronological pattern the exhibition places an emphasis on the dialogue between the works by clustering various items around a series of themes. In keeping with the visionary establishment of this Gallery and its rich collections, Beloved sets out to be contemporary in its treatment, emphasizing not only the present, but also the history of art.  It is hoped that this approach will provide plenty of scope for viewers to re-familiarise themselves with the Gallery’s treasures, while also offering an opportunity to discover new gems and connections between its great holdings.

For more information see the Dunedin Public Art Gallery website

Image: Beloved: Works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Installation view. Photograph: Aaron Kreisler