Posts categorized as Exhibitions

Where have all the royal souvenirs gone?

Stephanie Gibson, Te Papa’s Curator of Contemporary Life & Culture writes: It was with great sadness last week that I read about the demise of royal visit souvenirs (‘No royal knick-knacks thanks, we’re Kiwis’, The Dominion Post, 1 April 2014). According to the journalist ‘tacky royal collectibles are becoming relics of a bygone age’. There… Read more »

Throne of Emperors – unpacking for Saturday’s opening at Te Papa

  • Installing a pottery soldier. Photographer: Justine Olsen © Te Papa
  • Pottery soldier from the Han dynasty (202 BCE- 220CE). Photographer: Justine Olsen © Te Papa
  • Painted terracotta foot soldiers and horsemen. Western Han dynasty (202 BCE-8CE). Unearthed from Yangjiawan, near Xianyang, Shaanxi Province, 1965. Photographer: Justine Olsen © Te Papa
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Justine Olsen, Curator of Decorative art and design, provides a fascinating insight into the preparation for the Throne of Emperors exhibition, opening 22nd March. This Saturday two important exhibitions open to the public: China: Throne of Emperors and Shi Lu: A revolution in paint. Developed by the National Museum of China in partnership with Te Papa, each… Read more »

Unpacking Shi Lu

Getting there…come along from this Saturday, 22 March 2014, to see the end result…

There is something magical about the installation period for an exhibition. As Paul Alexander, the lead exhibition preparator for Shi Lu: A revolution in paint, says, it’s a lot like Christmas. Having spent hours poring over plans with thumbnail images, it’s exciting getting the works out, getting them ready, and getting them on the wall…. Read more »

Tai Tamariki Kindergarten explore the Aztecs

Max, age 4.Creating his diorama with a mirror 'river', magazine cut outs, fabric, and hand drawn 'God of Death'.Photographer: Tai Tamariki, © Tai Tamariki

This blog provides an excellent opportunity not only for us to share with you, but  for you to share with each other. How do you use our museum as a learning resource? What do you find to be best practice? Why are museum and gallery experiences important for your tamariki? This story comes from ngā kaiako (teachers), Maiangi and… Read more »

A Very Aztec Christmas

Decorating the Tree 2013, Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa

Written by Shonagh Lowerson-Head, Audience Engagement Intern On Tuesday night there was a very special delivery to Te Papa. Eight feet tall and evergreen – our 2013 Christmas tree! The Audience Engagement team had been expecting this arrival for some time, and had been busy creating decorations by hand to adorn it. But these were no… Read more »

More than a footnote – Frances Hodgkins’ textile designs

There are a number of paintings by Frances Hodgkins (1869-1947) in the latest season of  Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa  – Te Papa’s new, changing programme of art from the national collection and beyond. Among them are familiar favourites waiting to be revisited - including Hodgkins’ wonderful impressionistic view of a group of women on a windswept Wellington… Read more »

Is the Aztec ballgame the Mexican secret weapon?

Ballgame rings and codex image of the court in Aztecs: Conquest and glory. Photo Norman Heke, 2013

I’ve never really been one to follow football, but like so many others I couldn’t help taking an interest in the latest New Zealand verses Mexico games. Obviously my connection with Mexico has become particularly strong through the development of the Aztecs: Conquest and Glory exhibition and even though the collegial bonds are robust, and… Read more »