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#mygreatbritten

#mygreatbritten

We’re extremely pleased to have Billy Apple’s GREAT BRITTEN! exhibition at the Gallery. A celebration of the ingenuity of the bike’s builder, John Britten, that blurs the line between life and art, it’s drawing bike lovers and art lovers alike into the Gallery in droves. And it’s pretty clear that, although not everyone is up for building a superbike in their garage, lots of you really love your wheels.

 

Normal service resumes

Normal service resumes

World-famous Britten superbike comes to the Gallery

World-famous Britten superbike comes to the Gallery

The record-setting superbike that stunned the world is coming to the Gallery as part of a new exhibition by acclaimed artist Billy Apple, with a special sneak-peek event happening this Thursday 14 July.

Spring by Joan Dukes

Spring by Joan Dukes

This article first appeared in The Press as 'Spring, a breath of fresh air' on 7 July 2016.

Largest ever Fiona Pardington exhibition opens in Christchurch

Largest ever Fiona Pardington exhibition opens in Christchurch

Death, sex, flesh and the female gaze are among the many themes explored in the Gallery’s newest exhibition, Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation.

Abstract design by Frank Weitzel

Abstract design by Frank Weitzel

This article first appeared in The Press as A lesser-known Kiwi talent on 22 June 2016.

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Artfelt thanks to our amazing team of dedicated volunteers at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu. We love what you do.

Chaliapin

Chaliapin

In our leatest exhibition Bad Hair Day there is a caricature of the singer Chaliapin in the role of Don Quixote. Chaliapin visited New Zealand in 1926 but it seems likely that this drawing originates with the film Don Quixote, directed by Georg Pabst, in which Chaliapin starred.

This film opened in Christchurch in September 1934

Mischa Levitski

Mischa Levitski

Our exhibition Bad Hair Day includes a caricature by Leo Bensemann of the Ukrainian-American pianist Mischa Levitzki (1898-1941), who toured New Zealand in 1921 and again in 1931.

Reviews suggest he was a superlative technician and a poor communicator and his popular reputation has not really lasted. Vladimir Horovitz was scathing: 'Just fingers, and you cannot listen only to fingers. There is a difference between artist and artisan. Levitzki was an artisan.'

Listen below to his performance of his own Valse de Concert, opus 1, recorded 23 May 1924.

Face Five

Face Five

Christchurch-born and internationally renowned artist Ronnie van Hout has had a huge hand in our latest outdoor installation. Quasi, a five-metre-tall sculpture of the artist's hand and facial features, was unveiled this morning on the Gallery's rooftop, next to Gloucester Street.

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