The Len Lye Centre, in New Plymouth, is the first museum in New Zealand devoted to a single artist.
It’s the equivalent of the single-artist museums created overseas to honour artists such as Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Jean Dubuffet, Paul Gauguin, Paul Klee, Joan Miró, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Clyfford Still, Jean Tinguely, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol, among others.
The Len Lye Centre offers greatly improved facilities for the display and archiving of the artist’s work. The Centre is adjacent to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery on Queen Street and visitors are able to pass from one building to the other. The Govett-Brewster will continue its work as New Zealand’s leading contemporary art museum.
Len Lye (Born New Zealand 1901, died New York 1980)
- film maker
- kinetic artist
- writer and theorist
- one of the first modernist artists in New Zealand and Australia
“All of a sudden it hit me-if there was such a thing as composing music, there could be such a thing as composing motion. After all, there are melodic figures, why can’t there be figures of motion?” – Len Lye