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The Turnbull lends items from our collections to support a diverse range of shows in galleries and museums throughout New Zealand, as well as internationally. Over the past year, numerous original items were lent for exhibitions, with many more images reproduced for display from the library’s photographic archive.

The range of items borrowed, and the audiences that view them, vary widely depending on exhibition themes and concepts. Have a look...

Tauranga Art Gallery

Tauranga Art Gallery’s ART 101 exhibition encourages curiosity about art with an A to Z of works drawn from the Gallery’s own collection, as well as other public institutions and private collectors. From the Turnbull, the Gallery borrowed an etching by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1770-1778. [Carceri. Plate 13].

Cook Island dancers, Aitutaki Island, Cook IslandsPiranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 :[Carceri. Plate 13. 1760-1761] Piranesi f[ecit]. Ref: C-091-029.

The Library has a fine collection of Piranesi prints which were donated by Percy Watts Rule in 1953. Over 60 of these featured in an exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery in 2007.

ART 101 opened at Tauranga Art Gallery on 14 June and runs until 7 September 2014.

The Adam Art Gallery

The Adam Art Gallery borrowed works from the Turnbull for two exhibitions in 2013/2014.

State of the art: reproductive prints from the Renaissance to now was curated by David Maskill with his Honours students, and showcased reproductive prints from the sixteenth century through to the present day, examining changing motives, markets, technologies and audiences.

The exhibition featured three items from the library; chromolithographs after Italian Renaissance paintings published by the Arundel Society, around the 1890s.

State of the Art ran from 12 October – 20 December 2013.

Turnbull Collections Librarian, Rose-Marie Tonk views works from the Library’s collections on display in the Adam Gallery.Turnbull Collections Librarian, Rose-Marie Tonk views works from the Library’s collections on display in the Adam Gallery.

Another Adam Art Gallery exhibition, Cinema & Painting, examined the relationship between the two, drawing on both contemporary and historical artists. The Adam borrowed two watercolors by William Fox (1812–1893). The Turnbull holds an extensive collection of Fox paintings depicting New Zealand landscapes.

Fox, William, 1812-1893 :Lake Howick. [February 1846].Fox, William, 1812-1893 :Lake Howick. [February 1846]. Ref: C-013-008.

Cinema & Painting was curated by Michelle Menzies and Daniel Morgan, and ran from 11 February – 11 May 2014.

The New Zealand Portrait Gallery

The New Zealand Portrait Gallery borrowed a number of pictures for inclusion in two exhibitions during the year. The first of these was Te Ru, Movers & Shakers: Early New Zealand Portraits by William Beetham. Curated by Jane Vial, Movers & Shakers was a survey of the work of the nineteenth-century artist.

The exhibition drew on paintings held in public institutions and private collections, and ran from 27 June to 8 September 2013. The Turnbull contributed two works: a portrait of William Mein Smith, and a portrait of Almon Boulcott.

Portraits of William Mein Smith and Almon Boulcott ca 1860 by William Beetham, 1809-1888.Portraits of William Mein Smith and Almon Boulcott, ca 1860, by William Beetham. Refs: G-664 and G-333.

MTG Hawke’s Bay

The Turnbull loaned several items to MTG Hawke’s Bay following the museum’s recent, extensive refurbishment project. Take these with you when you leave was one of the exhibitions prepared for the museum’s reopening in September 2013, and included the diary of Hannah Ormond, and a letter to Donald McLean written in 1863 by Tareha Te Moananui. The letter is one of nearly 3,000 letters written in Maori, which have been transcribed, translated and digitised.

Fox, William, 1812-1893 :Lake Howick. [February 1846].Letter from Te Moananui and Karauria to McLean, 18 Jul 1863. Ref: MS-Papers-0032-0687C-18.

Dr Felkin and the Forerunners is currently on show at MTG Hawke’s Bay, and tells the story of the Havelock North Forerunners, and their leader Dr Robert Felkin. The exhibition explores the Forerunners’ utopian visions and creative pursuits, and includes several manuscripts and etchings on loan from the Library. The exhibition runs until 2 November 2014.

Museum of Samoa

The Turnbull was delighted to receive a request from the Museum of Samoa for images to display in their exhibition Folauga a Samoa, Voyaging is a part of us. Folauga a Samoa celebrated the traditions associated with Samoan voyaging, with a strong focus on canoes.

The Library has an excellent collection of Samoan photographs from the late 19th/early 20th century period, and was able to supply the museum with around fifteen images, including photographs by William Raine, Alfred Tattersall and Thomas Andrew.

The exhibition was curated by Owen Martin and opened in Apia in November 2013.

One of the galleries at the Museum of Samoa in Apia displaying photographs sourced from the Turnbull’s photographic archive.One of the galleries at the Museum of Samoa in Apia displaying photographs sourced from the Turnbull’s photographic archive.

World War One

The centenary commemorations for The Great War have generated several exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout New Zealand, and we’ve lent works to support a number of these.

The first is Facing the Front: New Zealand’s Enduring First World War, at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. The exhibition includes an oil portrait of Sir James Allen by Archibald Frank Nicoll (1886-1953).

Librarian, Corrina Gordon (left) with Portrait Gallery Director, Avenal McKinnon viewing the portrait of Sir James Allen.Librarian, Corrina Gordon (left) with Portrait Gallery Director, Avenal McKinnon viewing the portrait of Sir James Allen.

Additionally, the Gallery reproduced a dozen pictures from the Turnbull’s photographic archive. Facing the Front was curated by historian Dr Gavin McLean, and opened on 12 June 2014.

Photographic portraits of Paddy Webb and Rua Kenana sourced from the Turnbull on display in the exhibition Facing the Front at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.Photographic portraits of Paddy Webb and Rua Kenana sourced from the Turnbull on display in the exhibition Facing the Front at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.

Two diaries from the Turnbull’s manuscripts collection currently feature in the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s exhibition, Entangled Islands: Samoa, New Zealand and the First World War, along with over 30 reproduced images sourced from the Library’s photographic archive. The diaries are those of Albert Henry Marshall and J R Graham.

This is the first in a series of exhibitions at the Museum about The Great War, and tells the story of New Zealand’s first action in World War One: the occupation of German Samoa.

Entangled Islands runs in the Museum’s Sainsbury Horrock’s Gallery until 1 February 2015.

The Entangled Islands exhibition at Auckland War Memorial Museum, features a number of photographs sourced from the Turnbull.  The photograph above depicts a New Zealand parliamentary trip to the islands in 1903.The Entangled Islands exhibition at Auckland War Memorial Museum, features a number of photographs sourced from the Turnbull. The photograph above depicts a New Zealand parliamentary trip to the islands in 1903. Photo courtesy of Auckland War Memorial Museum.

WW1: Tracing the footsteps from Trentham opened at Expressions Art & Entertainment Centre on 16 August 2014. The exhibition pays tribute to the role that the Trentham Military Training Camp played in preparing New Zealand soldiers for The Great War.

The Turnbull has lent two items to the exhibition. One is an album of photographs taken by Thomas Compton Ward (1862-1961), while training as a field engineer with the 21st Reinforcements at Trentham Camp circa 1916-1917.

Ward Album P13Album of photographs of military training, Trentham Camp, 1914-1918 (page 13). Thomas Compton Ward Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. Ref: PA1-o-1178

The other item is an album donated to the library by Esme Harris, containing photographs of the Trentham Military Camp during the proclamation of Armistice. Both albums were recently digitised and can be viewed online.

Harris Album P11Harris album 3 (page 11). Esme Harris Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. Ref: PA1-o-211

WW1: Tracing the footsteps from Trentham will run until 3 October 2014.

The real deal

Supporting the cultural wellbeing of New Zealand is one of the requirements of the National Library Act (2003). One of the many ways in which the library does this is through exhibitions: The National Library’s own galleries in Wellington draw extensively on the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library for exhibitions and displays. We’re very pleased to be able to do the same for other organisations around the country, and throughout the Pacific.

The Turnbull Library welcomes loan enquiries from galleries, libraries and museums. While many collection items can be readily viewed and used online, or requested in the Library’s reading rooms, there’s nothing like seeing the real thing on display.

For enquiries about loaning items from the Turnbull Library please email us at atl@dia.govt.nz

By Chris Szekely

Chris Szekely is Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

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Ruth Lightbourne August 18th at 10:18AM

Great to see galleries interested in items pre 1840. It is part of the heritage of many of us after all! AND saves having to travel overseas to see them.