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Michael Parekowhai: On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer

30 Jun 2012 – 29 Jul 2012

Michael Parekowhai's spectacular Venice Biennale installation returns home for its first post-Biennale showing in New Zealand.


Michael Parekowhai: On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer

Michael Parekowhai Chapman's Homer (detail) 2011. Bronze, stainless steel. Courtesy of the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland

About this Exhibition

After a triumphant exhibition at the 54th Venice Biennale, and its most recent presentation at the renowned musée du quai Branly in Paris, Michael Parekowhai's spectacular installation returns home for its first post-Biennale showing in New Zealand. Surprise, humour and a showman's panache are the hallmarks of Parekowhai's art and never has that been better demonstrated than in On First Looking into Chapman's Homer. A richly carved red Steinway piano will be played throughout the exhibition in a room overlooking the inner-city red zone, while on the vacant ground below two bronze grand pianos, each supporting a life-sized cast bull, take their place amongst the earthquake debris.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

NG is at 212 Madras Street, Christchurch. Please note the exhibition space is upstairs with no lift access.

Group Tours of the exhibition are available
Book a free tour for your group of friends, work, school or community group. Please contact us to arrange a date and time and we'll have one of our volunteer guides meet you in the exhibition space to take you for an informative floortalk. Tours last 30-45 minutes; bookings essential.


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