Have you ever been curious about where Te Papa lends its collection items? Well….
If you are in Auckland then trot along to Objectspace to see 43 pieces of jewellery by Kobi Bosshard in the latest in the Objectspace Masters of Craft series exhibition. Kobi Bosshard: Objectspace Masters of Craft opens to the public on Saturday 8 September 2012 and you have until 17 November 2012 to enjoy it. If you are in Ponsonby at 11am on Saturday 27 September 2012 you have the opportunity to hear Justine Olsen, Curator Contemporary Decorative Arts at Te Papa talking about why Te Papa acquired a significant collection of Kobi Bosshard works, many of which feature in this exhibition.
If you are in Wellington take the opportunity to see Te Papa collection items in one or both of the following exhibitions.
The exhibition at the Adam Art Galley at Victoria University of Wellington titled Peripheral Relations: Marcel Duchamp and New Zealand Art 1960-2011 features 24 works from Te Papa’s collections. Two of these works are by Marcel Duchamp himself. They came to New Zealand as part of a bequest from Judge Julius Isaacs of New York, in 1983. Judge Julius and his wife, Betty, knew Duchamp and one of my favourite works is the ‘readymade’ waistcoat that features personalised buttons that spell “B E T T Y”
At Pataka: Porirua Museum of Arts & Cultures you can see the exquisite bird-shaped, scissor-like, jade implements from Te Papa’s collection in the exhibition Joe Sheehan: Stone Works 2002-2012. This exhibition opened on 25 August 2012 and you have until 25 November 2012 to visit. It is definitely worth it!
If you are in Dunedin you can see two of Te Papa’s paintings by A H O’Keeffe in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition A.H. O’Keeffe: Light in the Shadows. The exhibition opens later in the month on 29 September 2012 and closes on to 9 December 2012. Alfred O’Keeffe (1858-1941) is known for his spirited brushwork, explorations of light, and meditations on the passing of time. His works encompass portraiture, genre, still life and landscape.