The Blumhardt Gallery

The Blumhardt Gallery was established to provide a showcase for contemporary craft/object art within the Dowse Art Museum. The Dowse Art Museum is a public gallery committed to contemporary art and culture. It holds one of New Zealand’s largest and significant public art collections including, as custodian, the Blumhardt Collection - a celebration of the best in craft/object art.

The Collection

The Collection is derived from the core of Doreen's ceramics collection that she built up over many years. It includes excellent examples of work by local and international potters, including some of the world's foremost practitioners; Shoji Hamada, Kanjiro Kawai, Lucie Rie, Takeichi Kawai and many others. There are also works by some of New Zealand's leading artists such as Len Castle, Peter Stichbury, Helen Mason, Mirek Smisek and Muriel Moody. The Collection continues to be added to.

Additionally it is expected that the Blumhardt Collection will be available nationally to other galleries, meeting the Foundation's aim of bringing the best examples of decorative art to as many New Zealanders as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

The Blumhardt Collection mainly comprises the bequest of Doreen Blumhardt’s reference collection containing work by local and international artists. It is housed, on loan, at the Dowse Art Museum. The Foundation is interested to expand this reference collection as an education tool and will accept donations to the collection subject to approval by the Foundation’s Trustees.

The Blumhardt Collection mainly comprises the bequest of Doreen Blumhardt’s reference collection containing work by local and international artists. It is housed, on loan, at the Dowse Art Museum. The Foundation is interested to expand this reference collection as an education tool and will accept donations to the collection subject to approval by the Foundation’s Trustees.