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Museum pays tribute to sculptor Paul Dibble


Last week we were saddened to hear about the passing of Paul Dibble. Dibble, based in Palmerston North, was a powerhouse in the New Zealand sculpture world and his works grace many cities around the country. Thanks to the work of the MTG Foundation there are two of his works in the MTG collection – both permanently on display. One, The Gold of the Kowhai, was purchased in 2014 and can be viewed across from the entry to MTG Hawke’s Bay and in front of the Masonic Hotel. A second work, The Garden, is situated in Havelock North by the i-site building. Both are displays of artistic talent and philanthropy coming together to enrich the community. We, like many, mourn the passing of Dibble.

Completely coincidentally, we also held a function last week to celebrate the exhibition Paintings and Other Works, which shares a taste of the amazing collection of works acquired by the MTG Foundation over the last 10 years. Contemporary and mid-century works sit cheek by jowl in this exhibition, with some beautiful and stunning juxtapositions along with complimentary elements highlighting colour, style, content, etc. This is a showing of a rich range of art all brought together by the generosity and passion of the MTG Foundation and its members. We’re incredibly grateful for their continued energy and support.

Some works purchased by the MTG Foundation are not included in the display as they are already earmarked for other exhibitions. One such exhibition will use the art and archive collection to tell some of the history of Te Matau-a-Māui. It will include two fairly recent acquisitions made by the MTG Foundation. 

Meanwhile work is seriously underway on the building project in Hastings. This new facility will provide a permanent safe and appropriate home to store our collection, including artworks, when they are not on display at MTG. Those who have driven past will see that demolition work is all but completed and we are now left with a shell – pillars and a roof. We’ve even had the first of many concrete pours this week, which will form the foundations of the ‘darkhouse’ the collection store area. It’s hard to envision, looking at it today, the facility that it will become, but such an exciting prospect.

Staff at MTG have a lot of work ahead of them preparing the collection to move. So, while the building progresses, so will the preparation of the collection. To have the collection ready for the big move we do have to stop our normal services – this means enquiries, visits to the collection and accepting acquisitions are all impacted in the short term. We acknowledge this will impact people who expect the normal level of access to the collection but we hope you will appreciate that this is for the greater long term good.

Having permanent fit-for-purpose storage for the collection, away from the tsunami zone, with the right environment and space for researchers and visitors has been the dream for a long time and it is finally within reach. We aim to have the new facility up and running by the end of 2025. We look forward to welcoming you then.

Published in the Hawke’s Bay Today newspaper on 16 December 2023 and written by Laura Vodanovich, Director at MTG Hawke’s Bay.

Image: The Gold of the Kowhai, Paul Dibble, 2014 [2014/46] gifted by the MTG Foundation

18 December 2023

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