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Digital inspiration – NDF Conference 2010

Digital inspiration for cultural institutions – museums, galleries and libraries -was in good supply at the recent National Digital Forum Conference 2010 held at Te Papa, 18-19 October 2010. This year’s keynote speakers were outstanding – witty, engaged and provocative. If you missed the conference, want to revisit their presentations or share them around, the recordings of… Read more »

Vivian Lynn talks about her work Guarden gates, 1982

Senior artist Vivian Lynn has for over sixty years been making critical and enquiring work. The recent selective survey I, HERE, NOW Vivian Lynn at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Victoria University of Wellington (25 October 2008-15 March 2009) curated by Christina Barton, offered a rich selection of over seventy works dating from… Read more »

Brian Brake online

Brake's iconic image of Milford Sound

Brian Brake is one of New Zealand’s best known photographers. His career covered the golden age of photojournalism  – his images featured in magazines around the world such as Life and Paris Match. He was passionate about New Zealand, the people and landscapes. Te Papa is very fortunate to have been gifted the Brake collection by Brake’s… Read more »

Slice of Heaven: 20th century Aotearoa – points of remembrance

Memorial to New Zealanders who lost their lives during World War One.

Only one day to go until the exhibition Slice of Heaven: 20th century Aotearoa opens. Just the last tweaks to do now and blessing of the exhibition space on Friday morning. But even before the public gets in to see it, the exhibition is stopping people in their tracks. An imposing, sombre, dark slice protrudes outwards from the exhibition,… Read more »

Paperskin exhibition – last two days

Hiapo, 1800s, Niue, Te Papa collection. Copyright Te Papa, 2010.

Paperskin – the art of tapa cloth is closing this weekend, on Sunday 12 September.  If you haven’t been to see these amazing tapa works, now is the time to come into Te Papa. It will also be your last chance for some time to see the 22 metre Tongan ngatu (tapa), made in 1953 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth… Read more »

Slice of Heaven – 20th century Aotearoa: views from the bridge 2

  • Exploring New Zealand's involvment in World War 1 - 'Wanted Men, More Men'.
  • 'Wanted Men, More Men- New Zealand supports Britain in World War 1.
  • Exploring New Zealand's ties with the Empire.
  • Glory of Empire

Installation of Te Papa’s new history exhibition Slice of Heaven - Twentieth Century Aotearoa  continues - 29 days to go until opening on 2 October 2010… The views from the bridge on Level 5 give a taste of what’s to come and the topics that the exhibition will explore.  Here is something evoking the kiwi backyard which nearly always… Read more »

Twentieth century history show – the view from the bridge

  • Team members on the bridge, excited to see construction underway.
  • Construction of the first part of the exhibition, including the Passchendaele memorial.
  • A huge mass of wires is installed under the floor.
  • Putting in a huge mass of wires under the floor.

Changes are underway at Te Papa. The build for the new history exhibition Slice of Heaven - Twentieth Century Aotearoa has started. In under one months time, on 2 October 2010, the exhibition will open to the public. The walls around the space have been up for a while but things are now really starting to take shape. Most of… Read more »

Picture Library news – Spiders

  • Laetesia pseudamoena
  • Haplinis fulvolineata
  • Haplinis anomala
  • Parafroneta pilosa

Te Papa’s Natural Environment team have recently been putting a lot of effort into photographing their collection of spiders and putting the images up on Collections Online for you to view. I thought it was time to showcase some of this fantastic imagery. Phil Sirvid, Collection Manager Entomology, said the primary objective for this photography… Read more »