Posts categorized as Exhibitions

Sweden and modernism in New Zealand: identifying connections

  • Webbing provided comfort for the sitter within the bentwood laminated structure
  • The ‘jon jansen’ stamp appears on the inside of the back rail
  • Impressed marks show the signature of Mathsson and the manufacturer DUX
  • Work Chair by Bruno Mathsson

When Te Papa purchased Easy Chair two years ago, we acquired it for its associations with modernism and with the Auckland store jon jansen. But we wanted to verify the designer. Detailed research – surveying design publications, comparing similar chairs, identifying woods – finally led me to the original Swedish designer. Jon jansen made and… Read more »

Whales in New York

  • Installation shots of Whales:Giants of the Deep, on at the American Museum of Natural History in New York
  • Installation shots of Whales:Giants of the Deep, on at the American Museum of Natural History in New York
  • Installation shots of Whales:Giants of the Deep, on at the American Museum of Natural History in New York
  • Installation shots of Whales:Giants of the Deep, on at the American Museum of Natural History in New York

Te Papa’s exhibition Whales:Giants of the Deep opens at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Saturday 23 March. This blockbuster exhibition has been seen by over 1 million visitors during its  4 year tour in North America. Over 350,000 people visited the exhibition in Chicago alone. Media interest is strong with… Read more »

February 1943: This month last century

70 years ago, 48 Japanese prisoners of war are killed during a riot at the Featherston prisoner of war camp (25 February 1943) From 1942, Japanese prisoners of war were brought to New Zealand and interned at the camp at Featherston, in the Wairarapa. This camp had previously been used as a military training camp during WWI. The… Read more »

For the love games and … wiggling

  • Michelle Wylie and Chris Parnell wiggle their way to victory at December’s Premium Experience.
  • Module and the boys of the Interrupt Collective prepare for battle at Module Live: The Music of Shatter. Image by Big Mark Photography
  • Valentines Date night with a difference.. and a Welsh/Samoan Comedian. Image by Big Mark Photography
  • The local Asari occupy Te Papa’s Wellington Foyer at Game Masters opening day events, with event producer Te Arikirangi Mamaku

By Te Arikirangi Mamaku, Game Masters event producer As the countdown to 2013 quickly approached, our Summer exhibition season of Game Masters opened with a mini-invasion of aliens, super-soldiers, fantasy elves, Norse gods, and stormtroopers. Unsuspecting visitors encountered face-epainting fairies and a magician who immortalised giant heads on teeny tiny bodies. It was too much… Read more »

Game Masters – The Forum announced

Masaya Matsuura, of NanaOn-Sha (Japan)

Game Masters – The Forum taking place on March 4–5th at Te Papa in Wellington, brings together game developers, artists, educators, researchers, and filmmakers. The goal of the forum is to share knowledge and expand awareness of game development opportunities – both in New Zealand and abroad. ‘Attendees will shatter the stereotypes of games and discover… Read more »

January 1900 – This month last century

St Joseph’s Home for Incurable opens 113 years ago (29 January 1900) This home for so-called ‘incurables’, in Buckle Street, Wellington, was an initiative set up by Reverend Mother Mary Joseph Aubert, with the help of Catholic nuns, the Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion. Mother Aubert was the founder of this religious congregation, in… Read more »

This way up – Kura Pounamu to Beijing

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Kura Pounamu is Te Papa’s first exhibition of Maori Taonga in China since the National Museum sent Maori artifacts in 1978. The mutual appreciation of ‘green stone’ jadite (jade) and nephrite (pounamu) provided an ideal platform for re-establishing a cultural exchange. The exhibition required ease of installation and minimal object handling to ensure the safety… Read more »

Rātana Church and Mita Ririnui: The Colours of Service

  • Filming Mita Ririnui in Te Papa studio. June 2012. Photographer Puawai Cairns, copyright Te Papa Tongarewa 2012.
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  • Decoding the Āpotoro Rēhita robes

ME024090; Āpotoro Rēhita Haahi Rātana Kākahu (Registered Apostle Ratana Church religious clothing) Continuing the blogging about some of the key uniforms and acquisitions for the Uniformity exhibition, this blog is going to talk about one of my favourite uniforms in the show: the robes of an Āpotoro Rēhita from the Rātana Church and a uniform… Read more »

Game Masters – This Way Up!

Game Masters – This Way Up! Great interview about Te Papa’s newest exhibition, Game Masters, exploring gaming history since the Seventies, on National Radio’s This Way Up with Phil Louie, Host Supervisor, and Kristelle Plimmer, Concept Developer. Aired 22 December, 2012.

Old School Gaming with Game Masters

Phil, Games Master Supervisor,  Photo: Maraea Rihari.  © Te Papa.

My love of gaming began in 1982, Cobham Court, Porirua, in the smoke-filled, illicit depths of the local gaming arcade that existed solely to extract as many twenty cent coins from me as possible.  There, I learned to quickly jimmy the coin slot with a wire to wring a free game from the machine when… Read more »