In March, Te Manawa opened a new exhibition called Now & Then. The exhibition explores the trends and themes of New Zealand fine art photography in the past four decades. Te Papa is lending a contemporary photograph by Natalie Robertson to this exhibition. W15/4.4 Te Kooti Road is from her 1998 series The prophets.
The exhibition runs until 10 June 2012.
Usually we only lend to other museums or similar institutions but occasionally, and on a case by case basis, we make an exception. Recently we have been approached by the Tokelau Community Mafutaga Tupulaga Tokelau Porirua. The community will hold the 2012 Tokelauan International Festival in Porirua with the theme “Mai na matua, mo ki tatou, ki na fanau” (Learning from yesterday, living today, and hope for tomorrow). Part of the festival is a small art andhistory exhibition. For this exhibition, they asked us if they could borrow some of our collection items. We love the idea of supporting local communities and after some internal discussions about how we can make it happen we came up with a solution that suits both parties. We will not only lend the objects but also provide the display case to protect the objects and provide a safe environment during the festival.
The Festival is on over the Easter Weekend at the Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua