The White Rabbit Collection is one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art. Founded by Kerr and Judith Neilson, it focuses on works produced after 2000.
The origins of the Collection go back to the late 1990s, when Judith Neilson engaged Wang Zhiyuan, a Chinese artist then living in Sydney, as her art tutor. He introduced her to the astonishing explosion of creativity taking place in China in the wake of the “Reform and Opening Up” that had begun in 1978. Mrs Neilson began buying works, but soon ran out of space to hang them. She and her husband then decided, through their family’s charitable trust, the Neilson Foundation, to open a gallery that would make the exciting world of Chinese contemporary art available to all Australians.
The White Rabbit Gallery, a former Rolls-Royce repair depot near Sydney’s Central Station, has four floors of exhibition space as well as a theatrette, a library and a teahouse. Only a fraction of the Collection is on show at any time. The entire contents of the gallery are rehung twice a year.