We are proud to be able to lend our collection items to support the amazing exhibitions in other New Zealand and international museums and art galleries. Te Papa is in a unique position to be able to lend a wide variety of items and respond to the needs of those building their own exhibitions, and who inevitably, interpret our items in new and exciting ways. We try our hardest to make our collection items available and begin each loan with a ‘we want to do this’ mindset.
Our collections, which cover all kinds of art, deeply meaningful taonga Maori, everyday items imbued with great historical significance, exquisite photographs, fascinating items from Pacific cultures, and natural environment specimens, were seen in 28 different exhibitions in the 2011-2012 year.
Exhibitions such as Auckland Art Gallery’s Angels & Aristocrats: Early Art in New Zealand Public Collections and Wellington City Gallery’s sister exhibition Oceania: Imagining the Pacific stand out because we were able to provide vital works.
But we can’t ignore lending nine significant taonga Māori to Rotorua Museum of Art & History for their exhibition Nga Pumanawa o Te Arawa: The Bleeding Heart of Te Arawa, the exhibition that marked the opening of the re-built Don Stafford wing of their remarkable building. Neither can we pass by lending six taonga Māori to Puke Ariki for their outstanding exhibition Mutanga: Our Legacy Our Challenge Our Future or seeing Michael Parakowhai’s Venice Biennale piano He Korero Purakau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of a New Zealand river in Christchurch along with his other works that make up On first Looking into Chapman’s Homer.
Don Driver’s powerful installation Ritual was a highlight in the City Gallery Wellington exhibition The Obstinate Object as was John Ioane’s potent installation Poly wants a cracker in the Deane Gallery there.
Ralph Hotere’s singular installation, Pathway to the sea, Aramoana was seen at Dunedin Public Art Gallery in their exhibition Dark Light and Mary Louise Brown’s black granite word poem Black sash featured in Back in Black.
We were able to support smaller institutions and community groups over the year. Two paintings of Katherine Mansfield appeared at the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, seventeen items spent a day at the Tokelau Easter Expo in Porirua and Dame Malvina’s concert gown was on display for her 21st Anniversary Celebration concert. A ceramic by Mirek Smisek, included in the Mahara Gallery exhibition Mirek Smisek: 60 Years, 60 Pots, was seen at Mahara Gallery, Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre, Puke Ariki, Sarjeant Gallery, Tairawhiti Museum & Art Gallery and Otago Museum.
I have not mentioned every loan but you can see that all in all it has been a good year.