Reboot: The Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection

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An energetic multimedia exhibition of contemporary art from the Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection, showcasing acclaimed young New Zealand artists alongside international luminaries. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery Touring Exhibition

For Jim Barr and Mary Barr, collecting art is an activity that ought to be 'partisan, passionate and political.' Ten years ago the well-known art collectors and commentators placed more than 120 New Zealand artworks on long-term loan at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and in 2006 gifted 30 works to the gallery. This new exhibition 'reboots' the loan collection by connecting well-known artworks with an array of vivid and idiosyncratic recent purchases.

Reboot: The Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection features work by Hany Armanious, Stephen Birch, Olaf Breuning, Marizio Cattelan, Ali Subonick, Massimiliano Gioni, Rob Cherry, Julian Dashper, Neil Dawson, Simon Denny, Don Driver, Mikala Dwyer, et al., Warwick Freeman, Jeffrey Harris, Michael Harrison, Glen Hayward, Jae Hoon Lee, Giovanni Intra, Richard Killeen, Eileen Leung, Colin McCahon, Paul McCarthy, Dane Mitchell, Kyoko Murase, Yuko Murata, N.I.C.J.O.B., Rose Nolan, Michael Parekowhai, John Parker, Don Peebles, Peter Peryer, Patrick Pound, Peter Robinson, Marie Shannon, Michael Stevenson, Axel Stockburger, Ricky Swallow, Francis Upritchard, Ronnie van Hout, Lachlan Warner, Rohan Wealleans, Gillian Wearing and Lawrence Weiner.

Jim Barr and Mary Barr rotate their extensive collection throughout their Wellington apartment. Much of the work not on display is loaned to other galleries, as the couple wish 'as many people to share the pleasures we get from works in our collection.'

A Dunedin Public Art Gallery Touring Exhibition.


  • Date:
    17 March – 1 July 2007
  • Curator:
    Justin Paton
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