Dangrove is home to Judith Neilson’s White Rabbit Collection of contemporary art from China. The largest ongoing private collection of Chinese contemporary art internationally, with more than 2500 works by more than 700 artists,this collection is focused on works produced after 2000; it is a document of social and artistic change in China in the twenty-first century.
Designed by award-winning architects Tzannes Associates, Dangrove sits in an industrial area of inner Sydney and comprises 10,500 square metres of concrete, steel and polycarbonate. Judith Neilson’s brief to Alec Tzannes and his team was that the art in storage should be accessible and on view, while the building must integrate multiple functions including conservation, curatorial practice, research and administration. More than a storage facility, Dangrove houses a research library and a growing archive of materials that document the collection and its artists, as well as Judith Neilson’s contributions to education, architecture and philanthropy.
A vast polished concrete exhibition and performance space, two-thirds the size of the Turbine Hall of London’s Tate Modern, its dramatic raked ceiling rising from eight to 30 metres in height, can accommodate even the largest and most complex installations and sculptures. A photographic studio where each new acquisition is documented is also a space designed to replicate the dimensions of Level 2 of White Rabbit Gallery, so that works can be installed and viewed prior to an exhibition. The library looks onto an enclosed courtyard, where a bronze and granite sculpture of a seated male figure by South African artist Angus Taylor is a meditative presence.
Dangrove is not open to the public. Scholars, researchers and post-graduate university students are able to visit the library and archive by appointment with the Manager of Research.