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Len Lye's 'Fountain', Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Len Lye's 'Fountain', Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth is the repository of many of artist Len Lye's diverse works, such as 'Fountain'. Lye's artistic career was mainly overseas after he first left New Zealand in 1924, but he reforged links with his home country late in life. Lye returned in 1977 to supervise the first exhibition of his work, which was mounted at the Govett-Brewster. Len Lye Foundation member John Matthews managed to solve engineering problems that had hindered the construction of Lye's massive sculpture 'Trilogy', and this so impressed Lye that he gave many of his works to the gallery. A purpose-built Len Lye Centre was opened at the gallery in 2015.

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Roger Blackley, 'Art galleries and collections - Modernisation and contemporary collecting, 1970s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2024)

Story by Roger Blackley, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 8 Aug 2016