1969 Comeback Special

27 August – 6 November 2016

A fascinating focus show centred on a decade in which Gallery director, Brian Muir, began to acquire contemporary New Zealand art for the city’s collection.

1969 is an important year in the history of the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, as it marks the appointment of its first professional director, Brian Muir. Within a few weeks of his appointment, Muir had begun developing a collection policy with a strong focus on contemporary New Zealand painting – something that had been overlooked by previous administrations. His tenure from 1969 to 1978 saw major examples by leading New Zealand artists, including Ralph Hotere, Gretchen Albrecht, Don Peebles, Jacqueline Fahey, Milan Mrkusich, Robin White and Gordon Walters, enter the collection