In 1953 the New Zealand-born director of London's Redfern
Gallery, Rex Nan Kivell gifted 311 contemporary prints by leading
British artists to the Auckland Art Gallery.
That same year, Nan Kivell also gifted a selection of prints to
the National Art Gallery, the Robert McDougall Art Gallery in
Christchurch and Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Auckland Art Gallery's collection includes wood engravings,
colour linocuts, and lithographs by leading British modernists such
as the Nash brothers, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Claude Flight and
students of the Grosvenor School of Modern Art.
A prominent art dealer, Nan Kivell championed British modernism
while simultaneously acquiring a significant collection of historic
art and taonga related to early Pacific exploration. This
collection was acquired by the Australian Government in 1959 and is
held in the National Library of Australia.
Image: Cyril Power, Whence and Whither, linocut
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr Rex Nan-Kivell,