From the 4th of June to the 18th of December 2011, the Adam Art Gallery in Wellington, New Zealand, is holding an exhibition where the public may explore the art acquired by private collectors.
Recurring exclusively to private collections in Wellington, "Behind Closed Doors: New Zealand Art from Private Collections in Wellington" examins selective ‘moments’ in the history of New Zealand art from 1946 to the present, giving the rare opportunity to witness how some private art collections can provide museum-quality exhibitions.
Curated by Gallery Director Christina Barton, the exhibition includes paintings by renowned artists Toss Wollaston and Colin McCahon, seldom-seen works by Michael Smither and Rita Angus, along with provocative multimedia artworks by Peter Robinson and Ronnie van Hout.
A book documenting the pieces as they appear at collector's homes, with photographs by leading New Zealand photographer Neil Pardington and texts by writer Lara Strongman, complements the exhibition with an intimate alternative to the 'institutional' framing of works at the gallery and offers an idea of the relation that a private collector establishes with art. The publication will be launched in August.
The Adam Art Gallery is also staging a series of programmes in its Kirk Gallery room, entitled "in camera: a project series around and about collecting."
Floor talks, panel discussions and film screenings haven been design to engage the public and provide a platform for critical discussion.