Tuesday 28 June 2011
When the Gallery opens on 3 September (67 days away!), visitors will be able to experience a huge selection of art from our collection of over 15,000 artworks in a series of opening exhibitions.
But we can now announce another treat for art lovers - and for the people of Auckland. On opening day, and right through the Rugby World Cup, the Gallery will have the entire Robertson Promised Gift of 15 world-class modernist artworks on display.
The collection, owned by New York art collectors Julian and Josie Robertson, includes artworks by Picasso, Dalí, Mondrian, Matisse and other similarly significant artists.
In 2009 the Robertsons pledged to bequeath these artworks to the Gallery. A showcase of five paintings that year attracted 10,000 visitors in just one week, so we're thrilled to be able to share the whole collection with Aucklanders and all our visitors when we open.
Yesterday we invited media to tour some of the restored and renovated Gallery spaces - this is the sight that awaited them in the newly named Julian and Josie Robertson galleries. We are proud to be able to honour both Josie (who sadly passed away in 2010) and Julian in this way.