Monday, 9 March 2009

Rudolf Boelee

RUDOLF BOELEE Address : 414 Gloucester Street
Postal Address: P O Box 32-092
phone: (03)3811-255
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1940 Born Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1940- 1945 The Second World War, bombardment of Rotterdam and German occupation of the Netherlands
1946- 1958 Primary and Secondary Education, Rotterdam and Arnhem, The Netherlands
1958- 1959 Joined the Dutch Merchant Navy, trip to South America: Venezuela, Colombia, West Indies
1959- 1961 Compulsory military training, served in the Netherlands, Germany and France
1961-1963 Rejoined the Dutch Merchant Navy, 6 trips around the world, was also based in Singapore on the Far East/ USA run
1963 Arrived in New Zealand as an assisted immigrant
1963-1976 Worked at a variety of occupations in the hotel, paper and dairy industries
1969 Commenced painting
1981-82 Mural Project in Christchurch Womens Hospital
1984-85 Mural Projects Christchurch City Council
1984-86 Stage Designer - Actor, Free Theatre, Christchurch
1995 Received assistance from the Arts Council of NZ, Toi Aotearoa
1998 Recipient First Prize, 1998 CoCA Award
1999 Establishment of
1999- 2003 Tutor, Faculty of Fine Arts, Design & Arts College of New Zealand, Christchurch.
2001 Judge for the 2001 CoCA Art Award
Initiated and co-curated the anti-GE exhibition ‘TOMORROW’ with Robyne Voyce
Received a major project grant from the Arts Board of Creative New Zealand
2001-02 NZR Cups - tapestries a collaboration with weaver Marilyn Rea-Menzies
2002 Participated as a guest speaker in the Forum session ‘the role of art in our society’ at the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch
Appeared in the November issue of New Zealand House & Garden with Robyne Voyce
2002-03 After a trip to Thailand, initiated and co-ordinated the Thai/New Zealand exchange exhibition ‘The Middle Way’ with Dr. Lertsiri Bovornkitti
2003 Appeared on TV One ‘Home Front’ show with Robyne Voyce
An image of a NZR Cup appeared on the cover of Directory 2003, Museums Aotearoa
Facilitated the staging of the Thai travelling exhibition ‘Art in Box’, Mayoral Lounge, Christchurch City Council
2006-07 Acted as artist selector and contact for the Great Art Auction, Green Party, Christchurch

Selected Solo and Collaborative Exhibitions

1971 Please Touch City Art Gallery, Tudor Towers, Rotorua
1981 The Girl Can’t Help It CSA Gallery, Christchurch
1994-96 Visions of Utopia High Street Project, Christchurch
Left Bank Art Gallery, Greymouth
Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru
Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore
Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Invercargill
Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North
1996-97 Crown Lynn New High Street Project Gallery, Christchurch
Zealand (with Brian City Gallery, Wellington
Shields and Craig Stapley)
1997 The Fall Campbell Grant Galleries, Christchurch
1997-98 Things to Come McDougall Art Annex, Christchurch
Bishop Suter Art Gallery, Nelson
1998 From the Cradle to the Grave University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts, Christchurch
The Future is Now Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
(with Brian Shields
and Craig Stapley)
2000 Postcard from Rotterdam Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
2000-01 The Ambiguous Image ( with The Physics Room Trust, Christchurch
Maria Langley and Brian Shields,
Billboard Project)
2001 In a World I never Made Kiosk, an Oblique Trust initiative, Christchurch
2002 Runaway Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
2003 her dissatisfaction_ Physics Room, Christchurch
(a collaborative project)
2005 Nieuw Zeeland PaperGraphica, Christchurch
The Swan * Flagstaff Gallery, Devonport, Auckland
The Crown Lynn Swan * Madhouse Gallery, Rotorua
(* all two person exhibitions ZeaYou Gallery, Taupo
with Robyne Voyce)
2006 Sink the Rainbow Warrior! (21) PaperGraphica, Christchurch
2007 I want what she’s got! NG Gallery, Christchurch
2007-09 Exiles PaperGraphica, Christchurch
The Forrester Gallery, Oamaru
Southland Museum & Art Gallery, Invercargill
Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore
Millenium Gallery, Blenheim
2009 El Alamein – N.Z.F.P PaperGraphica, Christchurch

Selected Group Exhibitions

1971/73/76 Tokoroa Painting Award (s) Finalist
1980 Air New Zealand Centennial Art Finalist Rotorua Art Gallery, Rotorua
1981 Recent Acquisitions Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch
1982 50 Years Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch
1983 Something Old, Something New Rotorua Art Gallery, Rotorua
1985 Big Paintings CSA Gallery, Christchurch
Art Full Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch
Private Eye (a joint exhibition with: CSA Gallery, Christchurh
Brian McMillin, Robin Neate and
Martin Whitworth)
1988 Recent Work (a joint exhibition CSA Gallery, Christchurch
with Brian McMillin, Robin Neate
and Martin Whitworth)
1995 Wallace Art Awards Finalist, Wallace Trust, Auckland
1998 1998 CoCA / Guthrey Travel Award Recipient, Highly Commended Award, Christchurch
Recent Acquisitions 1996-1998 Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch
1998-99 40 Out Of 40, 1958-1998 Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch
1999 Blind Date ( a collaborative work Centre of Contemporary Art, Chrisrtchurch
with Mark Lander)
2000 art on campus (new acquisitions) University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts Gallery,
Canterbury Painting in the 1990’s Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch
Colour is Light, Light is Love, Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
Love is God (with Boudewijn Buch
Koenraad Kuiper, Dennis de Visseraman)
2000-01 Inheriting The Netherlands, a Century Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi, Auckland
of Dutch Art in New Zealand Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui
Hawkes Bay Exhibition Centre, Hastings
Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore
Millenium Gallery, Blenheim
Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei
Waikato Art & History Museum, Hamilton
Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa Wellington
2001 1880 - 2001: 120 Years of Art Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
in Canterbury
Craft The Physics Room, Christchurch
(a video collaboration with Robyne Voyce and Jayne Joyce)
2003-06 The Middle Way Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
Art Centre, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Eastern Art Centre, Burapha University, Thailand
Chiang Mai University Art Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thaksiri University Art Gallery, Songkhla, Thailand
Randolph Street Gallery, Auckland
2004 Christmas Show PaperGraphica, Christchurch
Primary Connections Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
(a collaborative work with Marilyn Rae-Menzies)
2005/06 Considering Mondrian Millenium Gallery, Blenheim
PaperGraphica, Christchurch
Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore
Collecting a Canon SOFA Gallery, Christchurch
2006 Primary Connections 2 Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, Palmerston North
(a collaborative work with Marilyn Rae-Menzies)
2007 Stock Show Flagstaff Gallery, Devonport, Auckland
Design Show Ora Design & Art Gallery, Wellington
Christmas Show PaperGraphica, Christchurch
2008 Made in New Zealand Flagstaff Gallery, Devonport, Auckland
Linwood College Art Auction Turners Car Auction, Christchurch
Fine & Applied Art Auction - May Dunbar Sloane, Wellington
Paint the Town Red ’08 The Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
Winter Moods Flagstaff Gallery, Devonport, Auckland
Christmas Show PaperGraphica, Christchurch
2009 Cutting Edge (cont. NZ prints on show) Flagstaff Gallery, Devonport, Auckland

Represented in Public Collections

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Whaiwhetu, Christchurch
Te Manawa Museum Gallery Science Centre, Palmerston North
Rotorua Art & History Museum, Rotorua
Southland Art and History Museum, Invercargill
Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore
Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru
Left Bank Gallery, Greymouth
University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts Collection, Christchurch
Waikato Art and History Museum, Hamilton
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Het Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands
Premier House, Prime Ministerial Residence, Wellington
Ministry of Immigration, Wellington
Ministry of Economic Development, Christchurch
Land Transport Safety Authority, Christchurch

Selected Bibliography

Barr, Georgina ‘Warrior remembered’ CityLife (illus) July 25, 4
Blundell, Sally ‘History Repeating’ NZ House & Garden (illus) Nov, 2002, 46/54
Bovornkitti, Lertsiri ‘A Confluence of Cultures’ The Middle Way 2005,16, 17
Coley, John ‘Rudi Boelee’s Shocking Art’ The Star (illus) 5 Aug 1981
Conland, Natasha ‘Inheriting the Netherlands’ Exhibition Catalogue (Illus) 2000, 10, 12, 22
Dunbar, Anna ‘Between Worlds’ The Press (illus) 26 July 2000, 33
Duncan, Margaret ‘Christchurch’ Art New Zealand (illus) Summer 2000/01, 41
Feeney, Warren ‘Rudolf Boelee Exhibition’ The Greymouth Evening 17 Aug 1994, 7
Fusco, Cassandra ‘Interview’ Exhibition Cataloque 2000
Lovell-Smith, Mary ‘Wild Paradise’ The Press (illus) April 3, 2004, D20
MacDuff, Keiller ‘Her Dissatisfaction_’ The Physics Room October, 2005, 7
Annual 2003 (illus)
McIntyre, Sally ‘Gallery crawling across the South Island’ Presto #65 (illus) May 2003, 22,23
Milburn, Felicity ‘Things to Come’ Exhibition Catalogue 1997
McDougal Art Annex (illus)
Milburn, Felicity ‘Canterbury Painting in the 1990’s’ Exhibition Catalogue June 2000, 10, 14
Norcliffe, James ‘Visions of Utopia’ Art New Zealand (illus) Autumn 1999, 52 Number 90 53, 54
Paton, Justin ‘Ironic, elegiac epitaph to Yesterday’s The Press 1 June 1994, 16
Utopian Ideals”
Rewi, Adrienne ‘Works look back and forward at the The Press (illus) 6 April 1997
same time’
Riley, Brett ‘Greetings... to a slice of contemporary The Star (illus) 1982
art pie’
Rockell, Ian ‘Disturbance in the Gallery’ Rotorua Daily Mail 1971
Smart, Jonathan ‘A Play for Nostalgia?’ The Star 18 Feb 1987, 10
Unger, Pat ‘What Do You See?’ The Press (illus) 18 Feb 1987, 25
Van Beynen, Martin ‘Dispute over artwork’ The Press (illus) 25 May, 2002, 3
Venning, Esther ‘Art of Poltics” The Press 13 May 1998, 16
Wright, Nik ‘Christchurch’ LOG Illustrated (Illus) Summer 1999, 42

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