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Modern and contemporary international art

André Lhote 'Maison à Tunis' 1929

André Lhote Maison à Tunis 1929. Purchased with funds provided by Guy and Marian Paynter 2020 © André Lhote/ADAGP. Licensed by Copyright Agency.

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The first work acquired for the Art Gallery of NSW by the Gallery Foundation was Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s Three bathers 1913 – a major work of German expressionism, purchased in 1984, which remains one of the most significant European paintings in the collection. Alongside works by Georges Braque, Alberto Giacometti, Vasily Kandisky, Giorgio Morandi, Pablo Picasso, Alexandr Rodchenko and others, it forms part of a modest but important group of 20th-century European modernists that we aim to augment through occasional, strategic acquisitions.

Our collection of post 1960 international art was transformed in 2011 through the generosity of John Kaldor AM, who, with his family, gifted over 200 works – among them major works by Carl Andre, Christo, Andreas Gursky, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Robert Rauschenberg, Ugo Rondinone and Frank Stella.

Late 20th- and early 21st-century acquisitions have often be made with the support of the Foundation, helping us to build a renowned collection that reflects an international field of contemporary art production.

In recent decades, the core of North American and West European works has been expanded to include artists from South and Central America, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

As the Gallery moves towards the opening of a new building in 2021, contemporary international art will be an area of special emphasis for future acquisitions. A new fund to enable these acquisitions has recently been established.