Adam Art Gallery, Te Pataka Toi

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Adam Art Gallery, 1999 - Art museums - 14 pages
The Adam Art Gallery is the purpose-built gallery of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Located in Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, it is a forum for critical thinking about art and its histories as well as the professional structure within which the Victoria University Art Collection is managed. The original proposal for the Gallery was prepared by Jenny Harper and Christina Barton on July 15 1997. The building was formally opened September 21 1999, by his Exellency, The Rt Hon Sir Michael Hardie-Boys, GNZM, Governor General Of New Zealand, and made possible with the generous 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, who built on top of an existing "Culliford stair". It has an unusual design, being tall and comparatively narrow, a result of the hillside location. This means that there are many different gallery spaces, linked with open space. A remarkable architectural statement the gallery is a vital feature of campus life at Victoria and a major force in the artistic life of the city and beyond.

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