Level 5, Te PapaReopens 22 August 2014
From the 1930s, fresh ideas began shaking up the local arts scene, causing ‘gentle shudders to those of the Victorian school of thought’. The ‘new art’, later known as modernism, had sweeping effects. An integrated approach to art and design was a key feature, as this space reveals.
European immigrants, having fled their home countries because of World War II, brought many of the new ideas. Among those arriving were avant-garde architects, designers, photographers, painters, and potters.
But they weren’t alone in introducing or embracing modernism. New Zealanders, too, emerged from the war with a more worldly perspective. Modernism spoke to their hopes for new ways of living, working – and being.