Adam Art Gallery
History and museums
The Adam Art Gallery (in Maori: Te Pātaka Toi) is the purpose-built gallery of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Located in Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, it is where the Victoria University Art Collection is managed.
The original proposal for the Gallery was prepared by Jenny Harper and Tina Barton on 15 July 1997. The building was formally opened 21 September 1999, by Sir Michael Hardie – Boys, Governor General Of New Zealand, and made possible with the benefaction of Denis and Verna Adam, who the gallery is subsequently named after, and Victoria University of Wellington Foundation.
The gallery was designed by Ian Athfield, and is built between three existing university buildings – the Old Kirk Building, the Hunter Building and the Student Union Building – on top of the existing "Culliford stair". The stairs were built in the mid-1960s to link different buildings, but had to be abandoned for safety reasons. It has an unusual design, being tall and comparatively narrow, a result of the hillside location. This means that there are many gallery spaces, linked with open space. It holds exhibitions, performances, lectures and talks.
Since opening in 1999, the Adam Art Gallery has presented a programme of exhibitions and events by local and international artists. Highlights over this period include solo projects by Joseph Kosuth (USA), Joseph Grigely (USA), Fernanda Gomes (Brazil), Zhang Huan (China), Destiny Deacon (Australia), Gunther Uecker (Ger), João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva (Portugal), Brett Graham (NZ), Mark Adams (NZ), Gavin Hipkins (NZ), Darcy Lange (NZ), Vivian Lynn (NZ), Pauline Rhodes (NZ), Billy Apple (UK/US/NZ). Substantial curated shows include Face to Face: Contemporary Art From Taiwan; Play: Recent Video from Australia and New Zealand; Concrete Horizons: Contemporary Art from China; Breaking Ice: Revisioning Antarctica; 40yearsvideoart.de, and The Subject Now. These exhibitions were accompanied by a programme of talks, workshops, forums and lectures. The gallery publishes catalogues to accompany its programme.
The Adam Art Gallery is free.