Posts categorized as Art

Designing POP: The Warhol Factory experience in the 21st Century

Glowing balloons create an interactive space before people step into the elevators. © Open Lab

A group of eight students from MasseyUniversity in Wellington have this amazing opportunity to work with Te Papa and Open Lab, to deliver a youth focused event which responds to the Warhol: Immortal exhibition. Open Lab is a design studio within Massey University. Open Lab is a collaborative environment and practice, where specialist and emergent… Read more »

Conservation Intern Liisi Hakala

Liisi Hakala treating the verso of a Monrad print. Photo by Jennifer Cauchi © Te Papa.

The paper conservation section of the Conservation and Object Support team at Te Papa was pleased to host Liisi Hakala, from Helsinki’s Metropolia University in Finland, for a three month internship from March to June this year. Liisi is about to enter her final year of a four-year bachelor’s degree in paper conservation. Prior to… Read more »

Being a Host in Warhol: Immortal

As Te Papa hosts we get to see, interact and work with some amazing things. Since I started 4 years ago I have been immersed in the final 24 hours of Pompeii, spent my days with works by some of the great European masters, been surrounded by the intricate tapa of the Pacific and recently… Read more »

Importance of Site

My first introduction to Bill Culbert’s work at the Biennale was deeply moving. It was the official blessing, led by Creative New Zealand’s Manager, Māori Arts Funding, Haniko Te Kurapa. As we walked through the exhibition, his prayers reverberated around the space, almost seeping into the works and the surrounding walls, forming invisible bonds between… Read more »

Sounding out Andy Warhol

Warhol: Immortal audio guide in use. 6 June 2013. Photographer: Flo Wilson © Te Papa. Quote is Andy Warhol, 1968

Sounding out Andy Warhol Tēnā koutou, ko Amos Mann āhau, a newly arrived Web & Multimedia Producer here at Te Papa Tongarewa. I’m a big fan of Andy Warhol and it was very exciting to arrive at Te Papa the same week he did. Te Papa’s Warhol: Immortal exhibition is now open and proving to… Read more »

Mirek Smisek (1925–2013)

It is with sadness that we farewell the distinguished New Zealand potter Mirek Smisek, who passed away last week. Mirek’s life was dedicated to his craft. He began working with clay in Sydney, after having left his devastated homeland, Czechoslovakia, at the end of World War II. Mirek consolidated his passion for pottery when he moved to… Read more »

News from Loans – Edwardian Opulence

Way back in April 2012 we agreed to lend the Yale Centre of British Art a painting from our collection for their extravagant exhibition Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century. The exhibition opened on 28 February 2013 and closes on 2 June 2013 so if you are in New Haven,… Read more »

News from Loans: Angels & Aristocrats at Auckland Art Gallery

Back in August 2012 I alerted you to the glorious exhibition titled Angels & Aristocrats. The exhibition, curated by Mary Kisler, celebrates the rich variety of early European art collected by New Zealand’s public art galleries since the 19th century.  Te Papa is one of those institutions that lent paintings to the exhibition.  In August… Read more »

A tribute to font designer Joseph Churchward (1933-2013)

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We would like to pay a special tribute to Samoan artist Joseph Churchward who sadly passed away last weekend. We were privileged to have worked with Joseph in 2008, when my colleague Sean Mallon (Senior Curator Pacific Cultures) and I curated the exhibition Letter Man: Joseph Churchward’s world of type (2008). I recall well Joseph’s sense of humour… Read more »

Artists’ Sketch Books.

  • 1971-0017-2; Sketchbook II; Gully, John; pencil graphite. Image Phillipa Durkin
  • 1971-0017-1; Sketchbook I; Gully, John; pencil graphite. Image Phillipa Durkin
  • After treatment in custom made boxes. Image Phillipa Durkin
  • Cover of the notebooks Gully used to record his travels. 1971-0017-2; Sketchbook II; Gully, John; pencil graphite. Image Phillipa Durkin

 A sketchbook can be described as a supply of paper conveniently held in a folder or binding. It can be a small note book or a flamboyant colourful scrap book. Artists have used sketchbooks for centuries for recording ideas and thoughts, and once back in the studio they use these working drawings to produce finished works…. Read more »