The John Kaldor Family Gallery launches on May 21 and 22 with an Open Weekend at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and over 60 talks and events. Join us at the gallery for their extensive program and to see this extraordinary collection in its new home.
In 2008 John Kaldor and his family announced their intention to give the John Kaldor Family Collection to the state of NSW. This was the catalyst for the government to provide funds to the gallery to move the existing storage facility off-site and, with support from the Belgiorno-Nettis family, create an entire new floor for contemporary art.
This floor, and its 3,300 square metres of exhibition space, is now dedicated to modern and contemporary art, transforming the gallery. The Kaldor Family gift is the largest single art donation to an Australian public gallery and, with its inclusion, the Art Gallery of NSW now holds Australia's most comprehensive representation of contemporary art from the 1960s to the present day.
Built-up over the past 50 years, the John Kaldor Family Collection holds over 200 works of art, including works by some of the most important artists of our time. The collection includes in-depth representations of artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Jeff Koons, Bill Viola and Ugo Rondinone. Both Richard Long and Ugo Rondinone have also created extraordinary new commissions for the event, which will be launched with the opening of the new galleries.
Many of the artists in the John Kaldor Family Collection also created memorable Kaldor Public Art Projects around Australia, explore our project pages for details.
Watch footage of the new galleries and interviews with John Kaldor and the Gallery's Assistant Director Tony Bond:
Image above: John Kaldor and Edmund Capon in front of one of the works from the John Kaldor Family Collection, Ugo Rondinone siebterjulizweitausendundnull 2000, acrylic on canvas, plexiglass plaque, 220diam © Ugo Rondinone