The Collection Behind the White Rabbit Gallery

Above: Patty Chang, Invocation for a Wandering Lake (still), 2016, two channel video, screens, 12 minutes 58 seconds

Over the past ten years, Judith Neilson’s White Rabbit Gallery has become a mecca for contemporary art enthusiasts from Sydney and all over the world. Each year, two unique exhibitions are curated by White Rabbit Gallery’s curator, David Williams.

Several elements combine to make a visit to White Rabbit Gallery an extraordinary experience. First is the artwork, obviously, but we’ll return to that in a moment.

A rare aspect of every exhibition is the transformation of the spaces in which the works of art are displayed. Often, areas are made that create a contextual environment for the art. This supercharges the visceral experience of being absorbed into the art.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of a visit to White Rabbit Gallery is the bright, helpful and well-informed attendants who are always pleased to tell the story of the works. Again, this transforms a White Rabbit Gallery visit into an immersion of understanding, of both the work and the artist who created it.

Then there’s the Teahouse. A delightful, light and airy space to discuss the exhibition with family and friends while enjoying authentic Chinese teas and dumplings.

What many people do not know about the White Rabbit Gallery is that the works are curated from the most extensive private collection of contemporary art from China. Judith Neilson’s White Rabbit Collection contains over 2,000 artworks from almost 700 artists. A unique aspect of Judith Neilson’s collection is that it focuses on works created since the year 2,000. This makes the White Rabbit Collection a document of Chinese artists’ perception of the 21st century, in China and around the world.

So, when you visit White Rabbit Gallery, you are experiencing a beautifully curated slice of the whole White Rabbit Collection. For example, AND NOW, the exhibition on show from 11 March – 2 August 2020, features 15 works from the White Rabbit Collection. This means that every six months, a whole new experience is created for you to enjoy.

And while you tour the exhibition, inspired by the art, you can imagine the extent of the White Rabbit Collection that continues to feed this extraordinary gallery.

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