The Auckland Art Gallery development aims to create a vibrant new focal point within the cultural precinct of the city that integrates the gallery, park and street and effortlessly connects art with people, offering a diversity of visual art, leisure and learning experiences.
It has been a three year process, as Hawkins Construction and many others have worked at refurbishing areas of the historic gallery. And when the new gallery opens on September 3, the complete Robertson Promised Gift will be on display for eight weeks. Announced in 2009, the gift from New York art collectors Julian and Josie Robertson is the largest ever made to an Australasian art gallery. Its fifteen works represent some of the major European artists of the modern era including paintings by Matisse, Picasso and Dali.