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Unique Art Museum to Open in New Zealand

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre will be New Zealand’s first art museum devoted to a single artist


Santa Monica, CA­ – April 02, 2015 – On July 25, 2015, The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand’s museum of contemporary art, will re-open its doors featuring the new Len Lye Centre. The Len Lye Centre is New Zealand’s first art museum dedicated to a single artist and, with its curved exterior walls made of mirror-like stainless steel, it will also be the country’s first destination architecture linked to contemporary art.


Artist rendering of the Len Lye Centre. Photo Credit: The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
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Artist rendering of the Len Lye Centre. Photo Credit: The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery



Govett-Brewster Director, Simon Rees, says staff are planning a community-spirited weekend celebration that will feature opening exhibitions which include Len Lye works, the Govett-Brewster Collection and a moving-image program in the new 62-seat cinema.


The opening weekend will celebrate the culmination of more than three decades of commitment to realizing a permanent home for Len Lye’s work in New Plymouth. In 1980, Len Lye gifted his collection and archive to be housed at the Govett-Brewster, coining it the “swingiest art gallery in the antipodes.”


“We will at last be able to show the breadth and depth of Lye’s vision on a permanent basis, and also continue to inspire Govett-Brewster’s audiences with contemporary art from New Zealand and around the Pacific Rim,” says Mr. Rees. “We have some great plans in place for the opening exhibitions around Len Lye’s large works and key Taranaki and New Zealand artworks.”


Construction work on the groundbreaking Len Lye Centre began in June 2013.


About Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, which opened in 1970, is Aotearoa New Zealand’s first and only contemporary art museum. Since 1980, the gallery has been home to the Collection and Archive of pioneering New Zealand filmmaker and kinetic artist Len Lye (1901-1980). The Len Lye Centre is currently under construction, adjacent to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and is due to open on July 25, 2015 as a combined art museum.




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