Te Papa’s touring exhibition Bug Lab has enjoyed a very successful season since June 2019 at one of the largest museums in the world, the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The exhibition was due to be deinstalled from 20 April with a team from Te Papa onsite to lead the Field Museum’s deinstall team. However, both museums were closed due to Covid-19 and in a lockdown environment, the United States border was closed for travel, and the timeline for when things would open up was uncertain. General Manager Partnerships & Business Development Liz Hay takes us through what happened instead.
Recently I travelled to Stratford to attend the opening of Te Papa’s touring art exhibition Gordon Walters: Koru which is currently on show at the Percy Thomson Gallery. The exhibition includes a selection of the artist’s iconic koru works from the mid-1950s until the 1980s from Te Papa’s collection. It