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Christchurch City Council Media Release 3 March 1999


Advanced Schedule of Exhibitions at the Robert McDougall Art Gallery & Annex


The Robert McDougall is Christchurch’s public art gallery, and features regularly changing exhibitions of international and New Zealand historical and contemporary art. The McDougall Contemporary Art Annex is one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary art venues. The Robert McDougall Art Gallery is located behind the Canterbury Museum in the Botanic Gardens off Rolleston Avenue. The McDougall Contemporary Art Annex is situated across the road in the Arts Centre, Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. every day from Labour weekend to Easter inclusive. Winter hours are 10 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. Visit the Gallery’s website at:

NB. Italicised text indicates shows which are on in the McDougall Contemporary Art Annex, in the Christchurch Arts Centre.

1999 Exhibitions:

Life in the Emperor’s Tomb: The T.T.Tsui Collection of Chinese Art from the National Gallery of Australia

4 February-4 April 1999

Making a special trip from the National Gallery of Australia, this exhibition comes exclusively to the McDougall Art Gallery and will feature precious pieces of Chinese art from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty. The pieces are made from a variety of media ranging from bronze, and stoneware through to porcelain and painted enamel on copper core.

The Architectural Competition Exhibition

5 February- 28 March, 1999

The long-awaited exhibition of all 94 architectural submissions for the new Christchurch Art Gallery highlights the five short-listed entries and unveils the assessors’ final choice.


Durer and German Renaissance Printmaking

19 March-16 May, 1999

This splendid exhibition comes from the rich collection of Old Masters’ works on paper in the Art Gallery of South Australia. It features superb examples of Albrecht Durer prints with those of his German contemporaries, all of which display the diversity and inventiveness of the Northern Renaissance. Admission charge applies.



3 April-23 May, 1999

This group exhibition explores the influence of comics on contemporary artists in New Zealand, as with the art of McCahon. Another angle of the show examines women using references to comics in their work. Tony de Lautour, Nigel Brown, Dick Frizzell, Mark Braunias, Saskia Leek and Jason Greig are among those featured in this show.

Edwyn Temple: The Artist

15 April-13 June, 1999

Featuring 150 works by Edwyn Temple, most of which are watercolours of the South Island back country, this exhibition looks at the artist’s works largely from 1880 to 1896. Temple had a military background and left England in 1880 with his wife and family, settling in the South Island where he painted until the early 1900s.


Bing Dawe

4 June-8 August, 1999

Covering nearly 25 years, this will be a survey exhibition of work by leading Canterbury sculptor, Bing Dawe. The works included in the exhibition will be sourced from public and private collections as well as from the artist. There has always been a strong graphic element to Dawe’s work and the sculpture in this exhibition will be supported by a selection of prints and drawings.

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