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Our Collection: 19th and 20th Century New Zealand Art

Our lively new historical collection exhibitions explore Māori architecture, colonial portraiture, early landscape painting and mid-century abstraction.

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Shigeyuki Kihara

Shigeyuki Kihara

Behind the work of Auckland-based artist Shigeyuki Kihara lies a vigorous research ethic that falls into complex alignment with her cultural, political and gender identities.

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Rachael Rakena: Rerehiko

An immersive video installation by Kāi Tahu artist Rachael Rakena.

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Te Puna o Waiwhetū remembers Cliff Whiting

Te Puna o Waiwhetū remembers Cliff Whiting

He whare whakairo ki te tohunga, he whare kōrero, he whare rangatira.

'The master carver’s house becomes one that is treasured and is revered.'

Artist interview
A Torch and a Light

A Torch and a Light

Shannon Te Ao is an artist of Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent. In 2016 Te Ao won the Walters Prize for his works, two shoots that stretch far out (2013–14) and okea ururoatia (never say die) (2016). Working in video and other performative practices Te Ao investigates the implications of various social and linguistic modes. Assistant curator Nathan Pohio, himself a nominee for the 2016 Walters Prize, discussed working practice with Te Ao in December 2016.

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Te Tihi o Kahukura: The Citadel of Kahukura

Selected works by Bill Sutton considered from a Kāi Tahu perspective.

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Shannon Te Ao: Tēnei Ao Kawa Nei

Tenderness and human longing are revealed in Shannon Te Ao’s award-winning video installations.

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The Camera as a Place of Potential

The Camera as a Place of Potential

To Māori, the colour black represents Te Korekore – the realm of potential being, energy, the void, and nothingness. The notion of potential and the presence of women are what I see when I peek at Fiona Pardington’s 1997 work Moko. And I say peek deliberately, because I am quite mindful of this work – it is downright spooky. Moko is a photographic rendering of a seeping water stain upon the blackboard in Pardington’s studio, taken while she was the recipient of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship in Dunedin in 1997.

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Ship Songs

A small but poetic exhibition looking at early European and Māori representations of seafaring vessels, with the Charlotte Jane as a focal point.

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Kōwhaiwhai

Five significant works of art that look to traditional Māori architecture to inform modernist and contemporary Māori art practice.

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