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Level 5, Te PapaPrevious Exhibition
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’.
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.
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 – the age, as art historian Mark Stocker puts it, ‘after cubism and before pop’.