Mackelvie Society Lectures: Ben Nicholson, Piet Mondrian and the quest for precision

7.30 – 8.30pm

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Join Senior Curator of International Art, Dr Sophie Matthiesson as she reconstructs the artistic dialogue between Dutch abstract painter, Piet Mondrian and his younger British colleague, Ben Nicholson. Their relationship flourished in north London in late 1938, when the two friends worked side by side in neighbouring studios as the clouds of World War II gathered.  

This event is part of the Mackelvie Society Lecture Series 2021. Four lectures are hosted online via Zoom, one is onsite in the Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium, and all are free to members of the Gallery and the Mackelvie Society.

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About the speaker: Senior Curator of International Art, Dr Sophie Matthiesson has more than 20 years’ experience as a curator and educator in England and Australia including Curator of International Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2007-2019). In her role at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Sophie develops and manages the Gallery’s historical and modern international collection, including the Mackelvie collection.

About The Mackelvie Society: In 1885 the collection of James Mackelvie was bequeathed to the people of Auckland and the Mackelvie Trust was established to maintain this legacy. Today collection is shared between Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira and Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections. The Mackelvie Society is the philanthropic support branch of the Mackelvie Trust and by joining, you ensure the future growth and enhancement of the collection.

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Image credit:

Piet Mondrian, Composition with black, red, grey, yellow and blue, c. 1920. Gouache with traces of pencil on paper laid down on card, 278 x 191 mm. Promised gift of Julian and Josie Robertson. 


7.30 – 8.30pm

Online event
Free, Gallery and Mackelvie Society Members only

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