Mo Show – Moustached Men from the Collection
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Mo Show – Moustached Men from the Collection

Richard Killeen ‘Man, Land, Sea and Sky’ 1967, oil on canvas, 1975/1/1.  Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua. Purchased, 1975.

Mo Show – Moustached Men from the Gallery Collection

20 November – 18 December 2016

Sparked by a conversation between 3 friends at a pub in Melbourne, Australia, in 2003 the ‘Movember’ movement has grown rapidly from an initial group of 30 mates aiming to raise awareness of men’s health by growing a moustache.  Today the Movember Foundation has campaigns in 21 countries and has raised more than AUD 730 million towards mens’ health programs, including ones targeting prostate and testicular cancer.

As a show of solidarity and an inspiration to those participating in Movember we have selected a group of ‘moustached’ images from the collection.  These works vary from early collection purchases, a 19th century work by British painter John Collier, and a marble bust of the Gallery’s benefactor Henry Sarjeant, through to contemporary works by well-known New Zealand painters such as Richard Killeen, Nigel Brown and Dennis Turner.

Jennifer Taylor Moore
Curator of Collections


Past Exhibitions 2016