Helen Hitchings: Promoting modernism

A feeling of optimism pervaded New Zealand after the end of World War II. Helen Hitchings, a young Wellington woman keen to promote the cultural trend of modernism, was part of this. In 1949, she opened the Gallery of Helen Hitchings, offering the public a chance to see modern art and design in a downtown warehouse space.

‘This kind of furniture and all these things somehow make your mind feel free’ she said in a radio interview in 1950.
(‘Keeping an art gallery’, an interview with Helen Hitchings. 2YA Women’s Session, 23 May 1950. Gallery of Helen Hitchings Archives Te Papa)