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Art of the 20th Century

29 Mar 2013 - 20 Jul 2014

Level 5, Te Papa

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<P>The twentieth century saw an explosion of innovation in the arts. New ways of thinking and seeing spurred radical movements such as expressionism, abstraction, and surrealism which, over time, were gathered together under the broad umbrella of ‘modernism’. </P> <P>The traditional genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life became fertile grounds for experimentation. Artists explored a range of concerns: from perception and illusion to the expressive possibilities of paint, line, and colour. </P> <P>Here, you can see works from central and lesser-known figures in modern art, and trace the ways in which New Zealand artists working overseas explored the latest ideas. Most works are from the early to mid twentieth century &#8211; the age, as art historian Mark Stocker puts it, ‘after cubism and before pop’.</P>

Read more about this exhibition in 'After cubism, before pop: A whistle-stop tour of Te Papa’s 20th-century international holdings with Mark Stocker' in Off the Wall

Selected Works

Barn interior, Dolaucothy

Frances Hodgkins

1942

The millwheel

Frances Hodgkins

1942

Mediterranean market

Sir Frank Brangwyn

1916

Firwood Ride, variation 1, autumn

Ivon Hitchens

1957-1958

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower

Ceri G. Richards

1945

Portrait of Katherine Mansfield

Anne E. Rice

1918

Paysage d'hiver

Paul Bercot

1952

Nantucket roadstead

Vaclav Vytlacil

1946

Saga

Alan Reynolds

1956

Autumn mist

Allin Braund

circa 1957

Anathema

Edward Bullmore

1957

Paesaggio

Antonio Zoran Music

1953

Le port

Jean Le Moal

circa 1954

Greek coast

Sir Sidney R. Nolan

circa 1958

Catterline in winter II

Joan Kathleen Harding Eardley

1963

Outer space

Natalia S. Goncharova

1957-1958

Bluescape

John Drawbridge

1963

Summer harbour

Paul Feiler

1955

Oval form (Trezion)

Barbara Hepworth

1964

Cut melons

Frances Hodgkins

circa 1931

Painter's arrangement

John G. Henshaw

circa 1964

Sunflowers and portrait

Natalia S. Goncharova

circa 1908-1909

Terwick Mill pool

Ivon Hitchens

circa 1945

Nature morte aux figues

Raymond Guerrier

circa 1950

Studio

Anne Redpath

1959

Still life with blue jug

Jacob Bornfriend

circa 1961

The boiled egg

Mary Fedden

1973

Daphne by the window, Northern Ireland

Sir Stanley Spencer

1952

Three boys

Bernard Fleetwood-Walker

circa 1934

Double portrait No. 2 (Katharine and Anthony West)

Frances Hodgkins

1937

The jockey

Christopher Wood

circa 1926-1927

Man in white

Glyn W. Philpot

1933

Head of a girl

Raymond F. McIntyre

circa 1922

Self portrait

Frederick J. Porter

circa 1915

The Countess of Strathcona

Dame Ethel Walker

1930s

Polish girl

Antoni Michalak

1933

Creation

Edward Bullmore

1959

Head of spring

Charles T. Wheeler

circa 1934

The barmaid

Edward J. Burra

1927-28

Little girl

Sydney C. Harpley

circa 1956

Three fisher boys

Frances Hodgkins

1927

Study for a decoration - mountain range and woman

Graham V. Sutherland

1945

Cherry tree at 'The Croft', Bradford on Tone, Taunton

Frances Hodgkins

1946

The Croft House, Bradford on Tone, Taunton, Somerset

Frances Hodgkins

1946

Fish

William George Scott

1951

Moonrise over Cleeve Hill

Paul Nash

1945

Water jug

Patrick Caulfield

1982

La nappe jaune

Georges Braque

1960

Still life. From 'Contemporary lithographs'

Ivon Hitchens

1938

Still life with eggs and willow

Frances Hodgkins

1929-1930

Ruins

Frances Hodgkins

1937

Two plates

Frances Hodgkins

circa 1931

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 Flower dish

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Milford Sound, cascade from Mitre

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View of Mt Egmont, Taranaki, New Zealand, taken from New Plymouth, with Maoris driving off settlers’ cattle

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Sataua, Savai&#39;i, Western Samoa, 1982. From the series: Polynesia here and there

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The painted dream garden

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T&#239;vaevae ta’&#246;rei pepe e pua kaute (quilt with butterfly and hibiscus pattern)

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Santo Stefano, Capri

Louis Rosenberg: Etched into memory

02 Apr 2015 - 18 Oct 2015

Nopera Te Ngiha

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02 Apr 2015 - 31 Jul 2016

Helen Hitchings holding a carved wooden cat

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T&#228; Moko panel

Kanohi Kitea | Maori & Pacific Encounters

29 Mar 2013 - 01 Mar 2015

He Korero Purakau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of a New Zealand river

Black Rainbow: Ralph Hotere & Michael Parekowhai

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Figures in landscape

Emblems of Identity

29 Mar 2013 - 01 Mar 2015

Charger

Being Modern

29 Mar 2013 - 01 Mar 2015

Te Kooti at Ruatahuna

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02 Apr 2015 - 31 Jul 2016

Winter in Quebec

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22 Aug 2014 - 18 Oct 2015

Boy Am I Scarred Eh

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22 Aug 2014 - 01 Mar 2015

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Framing the Museum

22 Aug 2014 - 01 Mar 2015

Waharoa (gateway)

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&quot;Un Grime&quot; Musique de Ravel (An Actor)

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22 Aug 2014 - 01 Mar 2015

Daylight flotsam Venice

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22 Aug 2014 - 01 Mar 2015

Martha Graham - &#39;Ekstasis&#39;

Anonymous Bodies

22 Aug 2014 - 01 Mar 2015

I was born in the Pacific Equinox

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Nov 2014 - 01 Mar 2015

A grain of wheat

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19 Oct 2014 - 23 Nov 2014

The giant stride

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01 Feb 2014 - 15 Jun 2014

Land List

Meridian Lines: Contemporary art from New Zealand

21 Sep 2013 - 25 May 2014

The marriage at Cana

Winifred Knights: The Marriage at Cana

12 May 2014 - 20 Jul 2014

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18 Jan 2014 - 20 Jul 2014

Marken funeral barge

Petrus van der Velden: Art of two halves

19 Oct 2013 - 20 Jul 2014

This is the Trekka

Michael Stevenson: This is the Trekka

19 Oct 2013 - 20 Jul 2014

Poster for &#39;James K. Baxter Festival 1973: Four Plays&#39;

Walk with Me

19 Oct 2013 - 20 Jul 2014

Bangle

Bone Stone Shell

19 Oct 2013 - 20 Jul 2014

Autumn mist

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29 Mar 2013 - 20 Jul 2014

Light Fall

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22 Aug 2014 - 19 Oct 2014

Lake Matheson, Westland

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Te Papa poster no. 22

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Shi Lu Painting a lotus flower

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Untitled (Textile design no III)

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Reading on the Rocks, Grand Manan

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The girl with flaxen hair

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Blue and green Pacific

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29 Mar 2013 - 29 Sep 2013

Orange on black

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29 Mar 2013 - 29 Sep 2013

Tawa. From the portfolio: Barry Lett Multiples

Gordon Walters

29 Mar 2013 - 29 Sep 2013

Life at Yuwa Dreaming

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29 Mar 2013 - 29 Sep 2013

Shadow, New York City. From the portfolio: 15 Photographs by Lee Friedlander

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29 Mar 2013 - 29 Sep 2013

Warhol: Immortal banner image

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Churchward Design Bold Print Negative

Joseph Churchward

31 May 2013 - 05 Aug 2013

Emerey Weschlette

Yvonne Todd

29 Mar 2013 - 30 May 2013

Bill Culbert, &lt;EM&gt;Daylight flotsam Venice&lt;/EM&gt; and &lt;EM&gt;Level&lt;/EM&gt;, photograph by Jennifer French, 2013

New Zealand at Venice 2013: Front Door Out Back

29 May 2013 - 24 Nov 2013

Amiens. From the series: The consolation of philosophy: Piko nei te matenga

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16 Mar 2015 - Jul 2015