National Art Gallery (N.Z.)

Dominion Art Gallery (N.Z.), National Art Gallery and Museum (N.Z.)

Established in 1930 after the passing of the National Art Galley and Dominion Museum Act 1930.

Officially opened in the Buckle Street building in 1936, the National Art Gallery occupied the first floor of the National Art Gallery and Dominion Museum building. Eru D. Gore was secretary-manager from 1936 until his death in 1948 when S. B. Maclennan was appointed the first director. This was the first appointment in New Zealand of a full-time art gallery director.

Previous to the establishment of the National Art Gallery, the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts (formerly the Fine Arts Society of New Zealand), managed a national art collection acquired, in part, with government funding. In 1930 the academy sold its own gallery and devoted the proceeds of the sale, its art collection and its building fund to the National Art Gallery in return for offices and galleries in perpetuity in the new building. The national collection also included art works from the Dominion Museum and other collections gifted to the nation. The Buckle Street building housed the Academy of Fine Arts from 1936 to 1997 with a gap of 7 years during World War II when it was taken over by the military.

While the Dominion Museum (later called the National Museum) and National Art Gallery had shared the Buckle Street building since 1936, the two remained separate entities until the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Act 1992 incorporated the two.

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa), which incorporated the art gallery and museum, moved out of Buckle Street in 1996. Their new waterfront home opened on 14 February 1998.

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Date: 1989 Ref: Eph-E-PHOTO-EXHIBITION-1989-01 Description: Poster advertising a photography exhibition shows a reproduction of Cindy Sherman's "Untitled film still # 54, 1980" Courtesy Metro Pictures, New York City. ...
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Date: 1984 By: Missen, Lindsay, active 1970s-2012; Commercial Print Ref: Eph-E-ARTS-1984-01 Description: Poster advertising a New Zealand art exhibition, and featuring a portrait by James M Nairn. Two copies held. Quantity: 1 colour photo-mechanical print(s) o...
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Date: 1985 - 1989 Ref: Eph-C-CINEMA-1985/1989 Description: Includes: 1985: - Came a hot Friday. Directed by Ian Mune, produced by Larry Parr. Featuring Peter Bland, Philip Gordon and Billy T. James. [1985]. Poster. 1...
Date: 1979 From: [Ephemera of around A2 and A1 size concerning New Zealand poets, poetry poetry readings. 1900s] By: National Art Gallery (N.Z.) Ref: Eph-D-POETRY-1979-01 Description: Black and white poster shows photographs of all the poets except Bill Manhire who is represented by a Ralph Hotere portrait. A handwritten, typed, or printed...
Date: 1985 - 1990 Ref: Eph-C-CERAMICS-1980s Description: Includes: 1980: Japanese Ceramics: Fifty pieces selected by Muneharu Kurozumi and presented to the Canterbury Museum with the assistance of the Government of...
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Date: 1988 Ref: Eph-C-ARTS-1988 Description: Includes: Arch Rex 1989. Auckland City calendar. Photographs by Deborah Smith, Mark Smith, Myfanwy Rees, Tania Evans, Jennifer French. Fish Shop Gallery, 186...
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Date: 1982 Ref: Eph-D-GRAPHIC-ARTS-1982 Description: Includes posters for: Rita Angus. National Art Gallery, December 1982-February 1983. (2 copies) Tim Bollinger. The Little Louvre. "No flies on Wellington" De...
Date: 1986 Ref: Eph-D-GRAPHIC-ARTS-1986 Description: Includes posters for: Heather Busch. "Pivot of empathy" April 1981 [Poster to accompany Heather Busch's one-woman show at Robert McDougall Art Gallery, 1986]...
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