BRISBANE.- The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
today announced receipt of a $35 million bequest, the largest single cash gift in the Gallerys 125 year history and one of the most generous bequests ever made to an Australian state gallery.
Chair of the Queensland Art Gallery Board of Trustees, Professor Emeritus Ian OConnor AC said the inspiring bequest made by the late Win Schubert AO (19372017), a Gold Coast-based philanthropist, gallerist and art lover, was extraordinarily generous and would support the acquisition of major Australian and international works for the Collection.
Comparable to some of the countrys most generous cultural gifts, Mrs Schuberts $35 million gift establishes The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Charitable Trust, Professor OConnor said.
The purpose of the Trust is to develop and maintain a permanent collection of artworks created in or after 1880, for the advancement of art education in Australia. Held by QAGOMA, works from this collection will be featured in the Gallerys forward exhibition program.
QAGOMA Director Chris Saines CNZM said Mrs Schuberts remarkable support was unmatched and truly visionary.
This is the largest philanthropic gift in QAGOMAs history. It will be transformative in supporting and extending the States Collection and the cultural experience of generations of Queenslanders now and into the future.
Mrs Schuberts patronage of QAGOMA during her lifetime was incredibly generous and forward thinking. First supporting the Gallerys Foundation in 1984, she became one of the most generous benefactors in its 40-year history and was posthumously awarded the Foundation's highest level of recognition, Visionary, Mr Saines said.
Over two decades Mrs Schubert enabled the acquisition of more than 100 important artworks for the States Collection. Some of the most significant include Cai Guo-Qiangs allegorical assembly of 99 replica animals, Heritage 2013, Yayoi Kusamas large-scale sculptural work Flowers that bloom at midnight 2011, Kohei Nawas PixCell-Double Deer#4 2010, and Nick Caves HEARD 2012, 15 soundsuits that can be activated by dancers and were a major highlight of GOMAs tenth-anniversary celebrations.
While Mrs Schubert generously supported a number of ambitious international acquisitions in her lifetime, her giving was primarily focused on art from Australia and Queensland. Most notably, her support through the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts resulted in QAGOMA holding Australias most extensive collection of works by Ian Fairweather.
QAGOMA acknowledged Mrs Schuberts remarkable benefaction through the naming of The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Galleries at QAG in 2012, and by honouring her with the QAGOMA Medal in 2015.
Mrs Schuberts generosity will also be remembered through the eponymous Schubert Circle, a dedicated program launched this month to recognise donors who have included a gift to QAGOMA in their Will.