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Issue # 12 – Aug 2016

Silver window (Breaking the frame)

Silver windows

Artist Andrew Beck interviewed by Athol McCredie
Interview
Interpretation

‘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
Article
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.
Article
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.
Article
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
Article
Waterlilies

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

Tony Mackle on Rita Angus &#8211; an extract from <EM>Rita Angus: Life and Vision</EM> edited by William McAloon and Jill Trevelyan
Article
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

Movembering Dr Hassell and his magnificient 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.....

Help us identify some 17th century butterflies, moths, and bugs: Part II

This is the second part to Dr Mark Stocker’s series of blogs asking you to help identify a number of butterflies, moths, and other insects.....

Five artworks for people who should be doing chores instead of looking at art

Do you currently have a long list of things you need to do around the house? Modern art curator Chelsea Nichols helps you procrastinate a.....

Help us identify some 17th century butterflies, moths, and bugs

Think you know your bugs? Art curator Dr Mark Stocker has been working on a project along with our bug experts, Dr Phil Sirvid and.....

Garments as canvases and zero waste design: The work of Greta Menzies

What comes to mind when you think of textile design? Fashion? Furnishing? Cloth? Curatorial intern Sonya Withers looks at the work of Greta Menzies. Textile.....

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