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Issue # 12 – Aug 2016

Silver window (Breaking the frame)

Silver windows

Artist Andrew Beck interviewed by Athol McCredie

‘The national collection of the future’: the gift of Sir Harold Beauchamp

Jill Trevelyan considers the Harold Beauchamp Fund, a legacy that has lasted nearly a century
White Terraces

Artists in Wonderland

New Zealand’s ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the Pink and White Terraces, was buried 130 years ago in the eruption of Mt Tarawera. Rebecca Rice highlights paintings and photographs from Te Papa’s collection that feature this magical ‘wonderland’ and inspire a sense of awe in viewers to this day.
Marcantonio Raimondi, <em>Facade with caryatids</em>, 1520, engraving, Purchased 2015 with Sir John Ilott Charitable Trust funds. Te Papa (2015-0056-5)

Emprinted on your mind

Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, explores a selection of paper treasures recently purchased by Te Papa

‘Everything I paint has the sense of being alive’: From nature to abstraction in the work of Rita Angus

Tony Mackle on Rita Angus – an extract from Rita Angus: Life and Vision edited by William McAloon and Jill Trevelyan
Art Media

Short stories about great photographs

Te Papa curator Athol McCredie shares stories about seven photographs from New Zealand Photography Collected.
Art news from Te Papa's blog

Connecting Past and Present

This photograph below was lost the moment it was taken in 1929 or 1930. Mary Sporle, known as Dolly, proudly showed off her son Leslie.....

Pukerua Bay School Museum

The Pukerua Bay School Museum is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s newest museums – the brainchild of three Primary school students: Isaac and Paddy (aged.....

Creating something Shakespearean: Raymond Boyce and the Globe hangings

Do you support hangings? I certainly do if we are discussing the four embroidered wall hangings at Shakespeare’s Globe in London’s Bankside, designed by Wellington.....

One motif, thirty years of exploration: Jim Geddes on Gordon Walters

Te Papa’s touring exhibition, Gordon Walters: Koru, is currently being hosted at the Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore (23 April to 6 June), a splendid venue.....

Taking the Rembrandts for a walk: a look outside the collection

This will be my final blog for Te Papa after a Rembrandt-filled summer. Spending this much time with a relatively small group of works (just.....

Paul Annear (1947-2016)

Studio jeweller, craftsman Te Papa sadly bids farewell to contemporary studio jeweller Paul Annear who passed away on 24 April in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Characterful.....

Heroines and Homemakers in colonial art

As we celebrate the mothers in our lives this coming Sunday, I thought it timely to reflect on some of the remarkable women present in.....

Kōrero pūrākau o Matariki: Matariki teaching resource 2016, Part 3 – Storytelling through sand art

Suitable for: Early childhood, primary, and keen storytellers of any age This is the third and final instalment of our Matariki resource for 2016. In.....

Max Gimblett and ‘The Art of Remembrance’

On display as part of Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa is an exhibition called The Art of Remembrance, featuring the work of contemporary New.....

St David’s church and the history of the art of remembrance

Last year, thousands of bronze quatrefoils transformed the exterior of Auckland’s St David’s Presbyterian Church in Khyber Pass (see detail here). This was Max Gimblett’s.....

Art News from Elsewhere

Holocaust survivors' art on display in Berlin


The 'Art From the Holocaust' exhibit at the German Historical Museum is orrganised by the Holocaust memorial group Yad Vashem, and features 100 paintings, drawings and sketches from 53 Holocaust-era artists

Walters Prize 2016


Four artists have been announced by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki as the finalists in this year’s Walters Prize

Extraordinary Interactive Hi-Res Exhibit of Bosch’s ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’


A seductive new multi-media introduction to Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights by Christopher Jacobson

Christchurch Art Gallery reopens 19 December


After five years of frantic activity, the earthquake damaged Christchurch Art Gallery is about to reopen

The 8th Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Triennial at Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (Goma)


Includes work by Rosanna Raymond, Len Lye, Angela Tiatia, and Shigeyuki Kihara

The Feminist is in the Room


Sonja van Kerkhoff on Alexis Hunter

New Zealand's rich photographic history


Athol McCredie interviewed by Lynn Freeman about New Zealand Photography Collected book and exhibition

Converging viewpoints


A joint exhibition of work by photographer Mark Adams and jeweller Areta Wilkinson opens at Dunedin Public Art Gallery