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Up Front gallery, Level 5Previous Exhibition
Our quest should not be for a revival of our past cultures, but for the creation of new cultures … the quest should be for a new Oceania.
Albert Wendt, 1976
This exhibition showcases works by two founding figures of contemporary Pacific art: Mathias Kauage, a celebrated modernist artist from Papua New Guinea, and John Pule, a leading contemporary artist from Niue and New Zealand.
Like modern Māori art, contemporary Pacific art has evolved in response to cultural shifts and dynamic social changes. In the Pacific, these include urbanisation, migration, decolonisation, and independence.
These three works were selected to coincide with the International Indigenous Modernisms: Histories of the Contemporary symposium at Te Papa, 11 and 12 December 2014.