The Art Gallery of New South Wales has honoured three generations of Packer family support by naming its major temporary exhibition gallery, currently displaying Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age, the Packer Family Gallery.

Jan Davidsz de Heem – ‘Still life with flowers in a glass vase’ 1650 (detail)

The Packer family has supported the Gallery since at least 1953, when the family loaned works to exhibitions organised by the Art Gallery of NSW. Mrs Frank Packer loaned her Dobell portrait of Australian journalist and novelist Brian Penton to the coronation exhibition in London in 1953, which the Gallery helped organise.

Art Gallery of NSW director Dr Michael Brand said the philanthropy of the Packer family and the dedication to the Gallery by individual family members has assisted the art museum to pursue excellence and inspire and broaden audiences.

“The Gallery has enjoyed the Packer family’s very generous support for decades. The highly significant contribution of individual members of the family has and will continue to contribute to curatorial research, art acquisitions and the development of exhibitions and our public and education programs.

“The Packer Family Foundation and the Crown Resorts Foundations’ support of the Gallery importantly assists us to deliver inspiring education and outreach programs such as our Art Pathways initiative, across Western Sydney and regional NSW,” Dr Brand said.

“We are delighted to be paying tribute to the Packer family by naming our temporary exhibition gallery in their honour,” Dr Brand added.

Thanking the Art Gallery of New South Wales for its formal recognition of the Packer family’s support Ms Gretel Packer said the naming of the temporary exhibition gallery as the Packer Family Gallery was a very significant occasion for her family.