DescriptionHocken Collections holds one of the most important collections of McCahon’s art in New Zealand in addition to significant archives and photographs relating to his life and work. Over 300 artworks have been digitised so far and are available to view on this site.
The Hocken began collecting New Zealand modernism in the 1950s because enlightened professionals such as former Hocken Librarians H.D. Skinner and Michael Hitchings and professional staff such as Hocken Art Curators Gordon Brown and Tim Garrity, worked alongside cultural patrons including Charles Brasch, Rodney Kennedy, Patricia France, John Caselberg and the McCahon family to ensure works by McCahon and other New Zealand modernists were represented in the Hocken’s art collection. Aware of the significant role Dunedin had played in shaping the beginnings of New Zealand modernism, they considered the Hocken, as a research collection accessible to all, the best place for important examples of this work to be housed. Their endeavours, combined with the University of Otago’s support, is the reason why the Hocken’s McCahon collection is so outstanding.
As we continue our work on these important collections, further items will become available to view here.Collection SummaryArtworks, photographs, ephemera and archives relating to Colin McCahon