Te Papa given Warhol, Dali, Pollock artworks

“The Te Papa Foundation will enable Te Papa to preserve more of New Zealand’s history, culture and art, to take its education programmes to more students, and to share more of our stories.”
Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy attended the foundation’s launch alongside notable art collectors Dr Euan and Ann Sinclair and Aloysius and Eileen Teh. Te Papa has an annual operating budget of $60 million with around half coming from the Crown, while the museum raises the remainder through commercial activity, partnerships and donations. The Sinclairs donated seven works, including the pieces by Dali and Warhol and a painting and drawing by Pollock worth more than $1 million. Te Papa museum has taken possession of valuable Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock artworks gifted by a Kiwi philanthropist couple. Dr Sinclair is a US-based financial trader whose passion for modern and surrealist art was sparked by a visit to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery as a boy. This would provide a significant boost to Te Papa’s current annual acquisition budget of $3 million. “As a national museum and as the holder of the national art collection, Te Papa’s mandate is broad but its acquisition budget is slight,” Mr Carruthers said. The charitable trust’s chairman Alastair Carruthers hopes to raise more than $50 million over the next 10 years to fund acquisitions, education and public programmes. Works gifted by Dr Euan Sinclair and Ann Sinclair:

Gino Severini, Title unknown [Abstract Study], gouache on paper, circa 1950-55
Andre Lhote, Title unknown [Cubist figure study], gouache on paper
Andy Warhol, ‘Shoe’, offset lithograph with watercolour on paper, circa 1955-1956
Salvador Dali, print from Les Chants de Maldoror (number and title to be confirmed), 1934
Salvador Dali, print from Les Chants de Maldoror (number and title to be confirmed), 1934
Joan Miro, ‘Juan Miro Y Cataluna’, 1968, lithograph and pastel
Nicholas Tarkhoff, Title unknown, gouache on paper laid on canvas 1915

Works bequeathed by Dr Euan Sinclair and Ann Sinclair

Jackson Pollock, ‘Untitled (Psychoanalytic Drawing)’, pencil and coloured crayon on paper, 1939-40
Jackson Pollock, ‘Black and white sketch’, oil on canvas, circa 1950

Works gifted by Aloysius and Eileen The

Darryn George, ‘Arawhata’, oil on canvas, title inscribed, 2009
Shane Cotton, ‘II Whakapapa (Chronicles)’, acrylic on canvas, 2009

NZN The pieces were among more than $1.45 million worth of artworks and cash donated to New Zealand’s national museum during Wednesday’s launch of its Te Papa Foundation.