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Off the Wall
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Issue # 11 – March 2016

Simon Denny, Marco Polo Airport, 2015. Photograph by Paolo Monello
Still Life with Red Jug

Above the kitchen sink

Mark Amery on the exhibition <EM>Inspired: Ceramics and jewellery shaped by the past</EM>
Article
Mural for a contemporary house (no. 4)

Appreciation

A short story by Pip Adam responding to the exhibition <EM>Open Home</EM>
Story
Ian Scott, Golden Dreams, 1969, oil on canvas. Collection of Te Manawa Museums Trust

From Open Home to Suburban Dreams

Te Papa curator Sarah Farrar talks to the Dowse Art Museum’s Sian van Dyk about the connections between two current exhibitions exploring the art of home life: <EM>Open Home</EM> and <EM>Suburban Dreams</EM>
Interview
Untitled. From the series 'Lounge room tribalism'

Collapse and freedom

Megan Tamati-Quennell explores artist Graham Fletcher’s ‘Lounge Room Tribalism’
Article
Virginia Were, <EM>Human zoo, Bondi Icebergs, Sydney</EM>, 2015

Seeing as I said so

Some thoughts on photography for the young and curious by Gregory O'Brien, author of <EM>See What I Can See</EM>
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.
video
Art news from Te Papa's blog

New Zealand at the Venice Biennale: Our most ambitious learning resource yet

Head of Learning Innovation Miri Young introduces a digital learning resource for teachers which bridges the gap between New Zealand and Venice, and brings the.....

Is LEGO art?

Our Curator of Historical International Art, Dr Mark Stocker, is a big LEGO® fan: “I’m a geometrical kind of guy. I love eating Toblerone and.....

A plastered pastoral for Christmas

Dr Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, looks at a remarkable print of drunken excess in the collection by 17th century Spanish artist Jusepe de.....

‘It’s the objects that sparkle, not me’: A day in the life of an art collection manager

Museum jobs are hugely varied and there are hundreds of us who work behind the scenes caring for collection objects and getting exhibitions ready. One.....

Movembering Dr Hassell and his magnificent mo

Rebecca Rice, Curator Historical New Zealand Art, explores a mystery behind Dr Gray Hassell’s magnificent moustache. There are two main reasons I feel an affinity.....

Five things you never knew about Rodin

Art curator Mark Stocker highlights five fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about the great French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) enjoyed a 20-year.....

Rewriting New Zealand art: Francis Pound (1948-2017)

The art team at Te Papa were saddened to hear about the passing of art historian and curator Dr Francis Pound on 15 October 2017......

Double photographs: Your other self?

Curator Photography Athol McCredie takes inspiration from a set of photographs in our collection to explore the idea that there may be another version of.....

Rembrandt comes alive on Collections Online

Dr Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, discusses his Collections Online summaries of Te Papa’s remarkable Rembrandt holdings. Sharing Rembrandt with the world Digital technology.....

A grisly grizzly bear tale for World Animal Day

On World Animal Day, which aims to bring attention to the plight of animals worldwide, Claire Regnault, Senior Curator History, explores the work of Jane.....

Art News from Elsewhere

Holocaust survivors' art on display in Berlin

http://www.nbcnews.com

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

http://www.aucklandartgallery.com

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’

http://www.thisiscolossal.com

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

Christchurch Art Gallery reopens 19 December

http://www.radionz.co.nz

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)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz

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

The Feminist is in the Room

http://eyecontactsite.com

Sonja van Kerkhoff on Alexis Hunter

New Zealand's rich photographic history

http://www.radionz.co.nz

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

Converging viewpoints

http://www.odt.co.nz

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