The forthcoming visit of New York art collectors Julian and Josie Robertson to their New Zealand home in Hawke’s Bay brings Te Papa visitors an opportunity to experience a remarkable selection of works by some of the masters of modern art.
The fourteen works to be displayed are representative of many of the major phases of modern painting between 1875 and 1950, in effect documenting the movement of art from Impressionism to abstractionism. They also illustrate the role of Paris as a powerhouse of modern art movements, as nearly all the artists were active in Paris at some stage during their working lives.
There are some exceptional individual works, such as those by Braque, Nolde, Redon, and Fantin-Latour. The Fauves make their presence felt in a particularly impressive group. But the great attraction of the selection is that it is a sampling of excellent and typical works by some of the most famous painters in the history of modern art. The works also range across genres - landscape, still life, nude, and marine.
Visitors will be struck by the vibrancy of the palettes and the vitality of the treatments. Together, the works offer a conversation of harmonies and resonances, as well as dissonances - indicative of the ferment of ideas that permeated the art world of Paris during the time of their creation.
The Robertsons’ art collection is part of the fabric of their lives at their home in New York. Their strong connection with New Zealand has occasioned the generous gesture of bringing a selection during their stay here so that they can share the experience of their art with people in this country.
Thursday 2 March 6pm-7pm:From the music of the silk-brush to the music of the axe: Cézanne to Picasso.
Discover colour and structure in modern French painting (from Impressionism to Cubism) - with Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, Te Papa's Director Art and Collection Services. Icon, Level 2. Free entry.
Saturday 18 March 11.15am-12 noon: Cezanne to Picasso: Paintings from the Julian & Josie Robertson Collection
, New York Floortalk.
Join Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, Te Papa's Director Art and Collection Services, for a walk around this stunning
exhibition. Level 4. Free entry.
Saturday 25 March 11.15am-12 noon: Cezanne to Picasso: Paintings from the Julian & Josie Robertson Collection
, New York Floortalk.
Join Victoria Robson, Te Papa Curator Art, for a walk around this stunning exhibition. Level 4. Free entry.