Posts categorized as Art

Help us identify some 17th century butterflies, moths, and bugs

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Think you know your bugs? Art curator Dr Mark Stocker has been working on a project along with our bug experts, Dr Phil Sirvid and Dr Julia Kasper, to identify a number of butterflies, moths, and other insects (including a snail) in some 17th century prints by Anglo-Czech etcher Wenceslaus Hollar. But they haven’t managed to identify them… Read more »

Garments as canvases and zero waste design: The work of Greta Menzies

  • Examples of Greta Menzies’ work. Photographs courtesy of Greta Menzies
  • Examples of Greta Menzies’ work. Photographs courtesy of Greta Menzies
  • Examples of Greta Menzies’ work. Photographs courtesy of Greta Menzies
  • Examples of Greta Menzies’ work

What comes to mind when you think of textile design? Fashion? Furnishing? Cloth? Curatorial intern Sonya Withers looks at the work of Greta Menzies. Textile designers are hard to pin, as their practice can span multiple mediums, spaces, and creative thinking. International examples have shown technical experimentation in the defence force around wearable tech that… Read more »

Cliff Whiting: Visionary, innovator, tōhunga, teacher, scholar, master artist

Man stands in foreground with marae in the background

It is with enormous sadness that Te Papa acknowledges the passing of Cliff Whiting (6 May 1936–16 July 2017). His contribution to Te Papa and the arts in Aotearoa was immeasurable. An esteemed teacher and practitioner of Māori arts, Cliff was appointed Director Director Bicultural Relations for the Museum of New Zealand in 1993, and… Read more »

Buongiorno! Ecco l’arte italiana! Italian Art at Te Papa

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Ciao a tutti! Dr Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, takes a look at some of the fascinating and beautiful Italian art that’s in Te Papa’s collection. Marco’s journey takes us from Venice to Naples, and through 300 years of history. Andiamo – let’s go! I need zero excuses to explore and celebrate historical Italian art… Read more »

Meeting a man I will never know: Jonathan Mane-Wheoki

Ruby stands with some boxes in Te Papa's archives

Ruby Abraham, a Museum and Heritage Studies student at Victoria University, has spent the last 5 weeks on placement at Te Papa working intimately with the archive donated by Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (1943-2014). She explains how she’s got to know Jonathan (and the Ke Emu database) through processing and cataloguing his archive. When I began my placement at Te… Read more »

Conversations with my grandmother through crochet

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  • Sosefina
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Sosefina Andy is the first recipient of our Helen Hitchings scholarship for postgraduate fine art students. Here she explains the origins of her methodology and what inspires her work. My art teacher in high school, Ms. Karanga, was my first art critic. I started to slowly develop an interest in art-making by taking her sculpture… Read more »

Constantly clearing copyright: Colour prints from the Banks’ Florilegium

  • Leptopteris hymenophylloides (A. Richard) C. Presl; Plate 584
  • Collospermum hastatum (Colenso) Skottsberg; Plate 557
  • Vitex lucens Kirk; Plate 525
  • Calystegia tuguriorum (G. Forster) R. Brown ex Hooker f.; Plate 512

Rights Manager Victoria Leachman highlights the latest items to be cleared for Collections Online: a series of beautiful, hand-coloured Banks’ Florilegium copperplate engravings. Part of the role of the rights team at Te Papa is to clear copyright in collection items so Te Papa staff can take and use images. The latest licence negotiated by Catriona… Read more »