Posts tagged with Te Papa

Tape Art: Day One… it begins!

  • The first group of portraits
  • kite
  • Erica Duthie, with one of her first portrait subjects, Henriette
  • underneath the sign

  It’s a sunny Thursday with lots of people popping past the front façade of Te Papa. What better conditions in which to transform the exterior walls of the national museum into a piece of impromptu social art. Tape artist Erica Duthie and her partner Struan Ashby will spend the next four days constructing images… Read more »

Remembering Jim Vivieaere – artist and curator (1947-2011)

jim vivieaere

The Pacific Cultures team and the Art team would like to acknowledge artist and curator Jim Vivieaere who passed away a month ago after illness. Jim’s involvement with Te Papa spanned many years and several projects including Art now: the first biennial review of contemporary art (1994). Art curator Christina Barton invited Jim to create a… Read more »

European Masters closes this Sunday

Well it’s coming to that sad time when exhibitions are about to close and a lot of people are always in the habit of putting things a off to the last minute so… I thought I would help you all out with a bit of a reminder in the hope you don’t have end up… Read more »

Documenting Samoan to’i ma’a (stone adzes)

Roger Rasmussen, 2009

Since 2009, Roger Rasmussen, alongside his role as a Te Papa host, has vounteered to re-house, measure and photograph a collection of to’i ma’a (stone adze)  from Samoa which were gifted to the museum by Rhys Richards in 1991. Because of Roger’s important work, the images of the collection are now available for viewing on Collections Online. In May last… Read more »

Vivian Lynn talks about her work Guarden gates, 1982

Senior artist Vivian Lynn has for over sixty years been making critical and enquiring work. The recent selective survey I, HERE, NOW Vivian Lynn at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Victoria University of Wellington (25 October 2008-15 March 2009) curated by Christina Barton, offered a rich selection of over seventy works dating from… Read more »

Great white shark new arrival at Te Papa

  • Sensory organs on the shark's head.  Photo by Jane Keig.
  • Inside the mouth of a great white shark.  Photo by Jane Keig.
  • Parasites found on the shark. Photo by Jane Keig.
  • The great white shark's underside. Photo by Jane Keig.

This morning, our fish team went to a small boatshed in Breaker Bay on Wellington’s south coast to pick up a great white shark.  Not your normal morning mission and a bittersweet one at that as these creatures are endagered animals and a protected species.  The shark had been ensnared in a fishing net and… Read more »

Phar Lap exhibition unveiled in Melbourne today!

  • Heart bikkies
  • Horse head bikkies!
  • Carrot cake cupcakes!
  • Phar Lap's skeleton - media madness!

There was a palpable air of excitement around Melbourne Museum< Australia, as people queued and tv crews jostled at the starting gate of the revamped Phar Lap display.  The exhibit was officially opened by Victoria’s Minister for Racing, Hon. Rob Hulls, with speeches by Museum Victoria’s Director, Dr. Patrick Greene, and Michael Houlihan, Te Papa’s Chief… Read more »

Rare dolphin found on Canterbury beach

Rare Hourglass dolphin found dead at Flea Bay in Canterbury.  Photo reproduced courtesy of Department of Conservation.

On the weekend down in Canterbury, apart from the horrific earthquake, there was an extremely unusual dolphin stranding. A 1.8m male Hourglass dolphin came ashore at Flea Bay. Only a handful of complete specimens of this species have ever been dissected before. Although they are sometimes seen in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica, they very rarely… Read more »