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On show in New Zealand for the first time are Bill Culbert’s Drop and Daylight flotsam Venice. He created these works as part of his exhibition at the prestigious Venice Biennale, where he represented New Zealand in 2013.
Light has been Culbert’s medium and subject for decades, and it inspired his choice of Venetian site too: ‘Seeing the canal through the doors … was magic … a six-metre ceiling and that lagoon light at the entry … spectacular.’
These works explore the interplay between fluorescent light tubes and everyday objects. Culbert says: ‘The simplest and cheapest material to me is often … the most exciting … no matter how beaten up.’
Te Papa is proud to be the key partner for the New Zealand at Venice projects in 2013 and 2015. New Zealand at Venice is an initiative of Creative New Zealand, Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.