We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of New South Wales stands.

Foundation major acquisition endowment fund

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Three bathers 1913

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Three bathers 1913 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation purchase 1984 


Support the endowment fund by joining the Foundation

Donors to the endowment fund play a vital role supporting the acquisition of iconic artworks for the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ enormously rich and varied collection – the heart of our gallery. To date, works of art with a value of over $155 million have been acquired through this fund.

Several Foundation-supported works have featured in major exhibitions both in Australia and internationally. Paul Cezanne’s Banks of the Marne c1888 was loaned to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid for a major Cézanne retrospective in 2014, for example; the 14th-century Japanese scroll Taima mandala and imposing Chinese Sui dynasty marble Standing Buddha were pivotal in the 2001 exhibition Buddha: radiant awakening at the Art Gallery; and David Hockney’s A closer winter tunnel, FebruaryMarch 2006 was exhibited in Guggenheim Museum Bibao (2012), Tate (2017), Pompidou (2017) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2017–18).

During the year, we organise various activities for patrons, including curator-led tours of the Art Gallery’s major exhibitions.