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QAGOMA receives transformative bequest

Installation view of Yayoi Kusama’s Flowers that bloom at midnight 2011 / Fibreglass-reinforced plastic, urethane paint, metal frame / Purchased 2012 with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Yayoi Kusama / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA.

QAGOMA receives transformative bequest from Win Schubert, QAGOMA, 10 October 2020

Some 125 years on from its establishment, QAGOMA has received the largest philanthropic gift in its history: a $35 million bequest from the late Win Schubert AO (1937–2017), which will indelibly transform the Collection.

The inspiring gift has established The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Charitable Trust and will support the acquisition of major Australian and international works.

Mrs Schubert found great joy in sharing art with others, and her vision for the Trust was 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 group will appear in the Gallery’s forward exhibition program.

Among the most generous cultural gifts of its kind in Australia, Mrs Schubert’s bequest will be transformative in supporting and extending the state’s Collection and the cultural experiences of Queenslanders now and into the future.

WIN SCHUBERT

A Gold Coast-based philanthropist, gallerist and art lover, Win Schubert AO was one of the Gallery’s most generous supporters. Her inspiring patronage over two decades enabled the Gallery to acquire more than 100 artworks. Many of these are visitor favourites, including Cai Guo‑Qiang’s Heritage 2013, Yayoi Kusama’s Flowers that bloom at midnight 2011, Nick Cave’s HEARD 2012 and Kohei Nawa’s PixCellDouble Deer #4 2010.

The Gallery acknowledged Mrs Schubert’s remarkable benefaction in 2012 with the naming of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Galleries (QAG galleries 10, 11, 12 and 13), and again in 2015 with the QAGOMA Medal.

Cai Quo-Qiang’s Heritage 2013, GOMA, 2013 / 99 life-sized replicas of animals: polystyrene, gauze, resin and hide/ Commissioned 2013 with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through and with the assistance of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Cai Quo-Qiang / Photograph: Brodie Standen © QAGOMA.

Kohei Nawa, Japan b.1975 / PixCell-Double Deer #4 2010 / Mixed media / Purchased 2010 with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Kohei Nawa.

Mrs Schubert supported the acquisition of 15 ‘soundsuits’ from Nick Cave’s HEARD 2012, which featured in ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’, Gallery of Modern Art, 2016–17 / Purchased 2016 to mark the tenth anniversary of the Gallery of Modern Art with funds from the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Diversity Foundation through the QAGOMA Foundation / Photograph: Joe Ruckli © QAGOMA.

THE SCHUBERT CIRCLE

Mrs Schubert’s generosity will be remembered through the eponymous Schubert Circle, a dedicated program launched in October to recognise donors who have included a gift to QAGOMA in their Will. At a time when art and artists around the world are facing unprecedented challenges, we hope that Mrs Schubert’s generosity will inspire others to consider giving to QAGOMA.

By including a gift to the Gallery in your Will, you can share your love of art and enrich the lives of others. The opportunities your gift can create are far-reaching and will enable QAGOMA to continue connecting people with art and ideas through access to the Collection, innovative programs, exhibitions and events.

For more information about the Schubert Circle or including a gift to the Gallery in your Will, please contact the Bequest and Communications Officer on (07) 3840 7287 or at foundation@qagoma.qld.gov.au. All inquiries are treated confidentially.

Win Schubert AO received the QAGOMA Medal at the Foundation Annual Dinner, Queensland Art Gallery, October 2015 / Photograph: Joe Ruckli © QAGOMA.

 

Council of Australasian Museum Directors, c/o Ms Daryl Karp, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House PO Box 3934 Manuka, Australian Capital Territory 2603 Australia, © CAMD 2020
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