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Issue # 13 – Nov 2016

Untitled. From 'The object series'

Alexis Hunter: Year of the crotch

Claire Murdoch looks at the gender politics of the then and the relevance now of the art of feminist photographer, Alexis Hunter
Matt Pine, <em>Placement Projects: revisited</em>, 2016. Photograph by Mike O'Neill. Te Papa

Matt Pine: Placement Projects revisited

Taarati Taiaroa talks Māori minimalism and international influence with senior Māori sculptor Matt Pine (Te Āti Awa, Te Āti Hau Nui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa).
Artist interview
Tattooing, Samoa

Adorned | Whakarakei: The art of tatau and ta moko

Curators Matiu Baker and Sean Mallon discuss the history and practice of tatau and tā moko.
Orphrey cross

Ten splendid objects

Justine Olsen, Curator of Decorative Art and Design, describes the significance of ten splendid objects from the exhibition European Splendour: 1500–1800.
Mrs Humphrey Devereux

Deconstructing Splendour

Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, explains the background to European Splendour 1500–1800, an exhibition with the central theme of bright, beautiful objects, and their place in ‘splendid’ people’s lifestyles between 1500 and 1800.
Anthony Byrt, <em>This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art</em>. Auckland University Press, 2016.

Simon Denny: No place to hide

Art critic Anthony Byrt on Simon Denny from his new book This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art.
Portrait of a woman in red

Thank you very much, Ellen Eames!

Curators Sarah Farrar and Rebecca Rice pay tribute to Ellen Eames and her remarkable legacy. Their 'top ten' highlights the wonderful range of works acquired over the last 50 years with the Ellen Eames Collection Fund.
Photo Essay
Art Media

Installing Simon Denny's Secret Power at Te Papa

Time-lapse of Simon Denny’s ground breaking exhibition Secret Power taking over Te Papa’s art gallery.
Art news from Te Papa's blog

Mysteries of the Phantom wooden shield: Putting together the pieces

Conservator Catherine Williams is investigating one of Te Papa’s recent acquisitions – a painted wooden shield from Papua New Guinea featuring The Phantom – from.....

Collaboration in conservation: Deborah Crowe and Kim Fraser’s Dual Outlook

Te Papa’s textile conservator Anne Peranteau runs through the process involved in preparing a much-loved garment for public display. In March, the exhibition When Dreams.....

Opinion: More to art collections than meets the eye

An art gallery is a theatre where art takes centre stage. But it is also an archive, a refuge, even a hospital, says Te Papa’s.....

How people are using Te Papa’s collection images

Te Papa’s rights guru Victoria Leachman runs through some of her favourite recent comments from people downloading images from our Collections Online database. People are.....

Conserving plastics: why you should keep your Barbie in the fridge

Many people believe that plastic items are indestructible and will last forever. But what if you learnt this wasn’t the case? Conservator, Nirmala Balram, gives.....

The treasures of Broadgreen Historic House

Conservator Anne Peranteau visited Broadgreen, an historic house in the Stoke neighborhood, to give some advice on the display and storage of collection items. Anne.....

All I want for Christmas is Ngā Toi

All I want for Christmas is … Te Papa’s Hosts present some of this season’s art works in their very own Ngā Toi Christmas wish.....

Pukerua Bay School Museum visit the Conservation Lab

Aurelia, Paddy and Isaac visited Te Papa’s conservation team to find out all about picture framing and paper and painting conservation. Our friends from Pukerua.....

Using paint analysis to find a hidden mural

Conservator Linda Waters, and her colleague Tijana Cvetkovic, have been helping Bronwyn Holloway-Smith of the Mural Search and Recovery Project investigate whether a 1960s mural.....

A ‘Raphael’ just for you this Christmas

Mark Stocker, Curator International Historical Art, shares a Christmas delight with you: Raphael’s Madonna della Sedia, the Palazzo Pitti original and the Whanganui copy… Michelangelo.....

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