Treasury: A Generous Legacy

18 December 2015 – 4 December 2016

Stunning proof of the impact of generosity on the Christchurch collection.

From its beginning, Christchurch’s public art collection has been largely formed through gifts and bequests by people motivated to share their enjoyment of art. The works in Treasury range from seventeenth-century Dutch paintings to Māori portraits and works by leading expatriate New Zealand artists. A third of the works shown here are from the founding collection of the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, the city's first purpose built public art museum, opened in 1932.