It is a new year and I suspect you are not at work again just yet but happily enjoying the gorgeous sunny weather we have been having. Well… here in Wellington anyway!
While you are still out and about can I remind you of some of the exhibitions that we have lent our collection items to?
At the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, look for the seven paintings Te Papa lent to the exhibition titled Saskia Leek: Desk Collection. The exhibition provides the first opportunity for audiences to see a broad range of Leek’s work and appreciate Leek as an artist whose works may be physically modest in scale, but whose artistic reach is considerable. The exhibition is on until 14 April 2013 so you have plenty of time to visit.
You have until 27 January 2013 to indulge in the sumptuous Victorian and Edwardian paintings at the Tauranga Art Gallery. Fifteen of the twenty-three paintings in the exhibition Love, Life and Loss: Emotive and Evocative Paintings from the Victorian and Edwardian Eras are from Te Papa’s collection.
If you are in Dunedin check out the exhibition Art in the Service of Science – Dunedin’s John Buchanan on at the Hocken Collection gallery. You have until 22 April 2013 to spot the sixty-two botanical, bird and fossil drawings, wood engravings and watercolours Te Papa has lent to this exhibition.
Back in Wellington you have until 10 February 2013 to catch two exhibitions that include Te Papa collection items.
At the Adam Art Gallery the exhibition We will work with you, not for you! Wellington Media Collective 1978-1998 examines the politics of style implicit in the Wellington Media Collective’s substantial body of graphic work, and through this lens, surveys a history of public culture in Wellington and New Zealand. Included in this exhibition is a flag from Te Papa’s collection made for anti-Springbok rugby tour protests on the day of the second test at AthleticPark, Wellington, in August 1981. Made by Chris McBride, the flag is screen-printed in black and brown with a clenched fist and the words Amandla Amandla. Amandla, a Xhosa and Zulu word meaning power, combined with a clenched fist makes the flag forceful and dramatic. The Springbok protests were about something much deeper than rugby; people were taking a stand about apartheid in South Africa and racism in New Zealand.
You still have time to check out and find the Ben Cauchi photographs at the City Gallery Wellington. Ben Cauchi: The Sophist’s Mirror explores Cauchi’s intensive investment in and negotiation of the processes, histories and codes of photography offering new ways for historical photography techniques to work the contemporary world. Look out for The photographer’s shirt from Te Papa’s collection.