Posts categorized as Art

“Photoised”: Bicycle portraits in the Cook Islands

  • Portrait of a female cyclist, circa 1914, Cook Islands. Crummer, George. Te Papa
  • Rarotongan Coffee Palace , circa 1914, Cook Islands. Crummer, George. Te Papa
  • Family group portrait, circa 1914, Cook Islands. Crummer, George. Te Papa
  • Family group, circa 1910, Cook Islands. Crummer, George. Te Papa

Last year to celebrate Cook Islands Māori Language week, Grace Hutton (Collection Manager Pacific Cultures) wrote a blog about photographer George Robson Crummer who resided in the Cook Islands from 1890. Read Grace’s blog here  http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2013/08/07/picturing-the-cook-islands-george-crummer-cook-islands-language-week-2013/ Te Papa has over 240 items from Crummer including 227 black and white negatives some of which are badly… Read more »

Watching goldfish in the nude: Thomas Benjamin Kennington’s Idlesse

T. B. Kennington, Idle Hours (The Goldfish Bowl

Is the painting Idlesse by Thomas Benjamin Kennington (1856–1916) a late Victorian time-bomb, which would have delighted intellectual guru Michel Foucault, author of The History of Sexuality? Or is it an unjustly overlooked, chaste, white masterpiece, a victim of prudery and puritanism in its lack of exposure since its acquisition by the New Zealand Academy… Read more »

One week to talk on the Trekka

Martin Trekka Trekka 003

On Thursday 26 June Te Papa hosts a talk by journalist Todd Niall who discusses the Trekka – the vehicle and the art work. In the run up to the talk we’re collecting memories of the Trekka vehicle – good and bad. What did you think of it? Email your recollections, opinions, anecdotes or even… Read more »

Nostalgia for the Future

Sameshima - Portsmouth motors

If you are feeling nostalgic you are probably sentimentally yearning for a period in the past – for a happy, simpler time. But the past often thinks about the future, and its sometimes naïve and romantic imaginations can make you feel nostalgic too. Here’s Bernard Roundhill 1956 vision of Auckland in the year 2000. How we loved transport… Read more »

Paula Green: The Life of a Poem

At the end of 2013, Te Papa started working on a series of creative responses to Colin McCahon’s Walk (Series C) (1973) – long an artistic trigger. We approached poet and writer Greg O’Brien who agreed to work with us. Greg contacted some of New Zealand’s most well-known poets. Over the summer, they wrote and… Read more »

Ngāti Toa School brightens Discovery Centre

Ian Levi Ware proudly shows his awesome linocut print. Photographed by Makaira Waugh © Te Papa

Who are your kaitiaki? Early in April the senior students of Ngāti Toa School in Porirua had the opportunity to create colourful art to adorn the walls of our Māori Discovery Centre, Te Huka ā Tai. Their theme was Kaitiakitanga (Guardianship), looking at both who their own guardians are and what are the taonga that… Read more »

Do you remember the Trekka?

Todd 1976

If so, what did you think of the Trekka the only vehicle ever designed and mass-produced in New Zealand? Te Papa would love to hear your memories. Email your recollections, opinions, a story or even a favourite photograph through to eventenquiries@tepapa.govt.nz by Wednesday 25 June, 5 pm. The best 5 will receive free copies of Todd’s… Read more »

Kenneth Clark: making art inspirational

  • Auguste Rodin Eve 1881. Private Collection
  • Frances Hodgkins Pumpkins and Pimenti, 1935 (Fletcher Trust Collection, Auckland)
  • John Piper Coventry Cathedral 1940 © Crown Copyright, Manchester City Galleries
  • Bust of Charlemagne, c. 1350, Aachen Cathedral Treasury (Wikimedia Commons)

Imagine this: the Soundings Theatre at Te Papa is staging a lunchtime event. It seats just over 300, but the only problem is that 24,000 people want to be there. This was the scary scenario confronting the National Gallery, Washington, when it screened the first episode of the pioneering television art documentary series Civilisation: A… Read more »