Sir Rex Nan Kivell

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.

Cyril Power, Whence and Whither, Linocut Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr Rex Nan-Kivell, 1953

Overview

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, 1953

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