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Pataka Art + MuseumTe Papa Touring exhibition
The Asia-Pacific region has always been the realm of navigators - from the Pacific voyagers who first reached the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand, to the British explorer James Cook.
It is appropriate, then, that this exhibition of contemporary art from Te Papa takes its name from the invisible lines used to navigate uncharted waters and, in Chinese medicine, to channel energy through the body. Meridian lines provide the possibility of mapping ourselves, as well as our place in the wider world.
The selected works reflect some of the many approaches to art-making that have developed in New Zealand over the last 40 years. They also illustrate the ways in which artistic forms and ideas have flowed between the various cultures that meet here - Māori, Pacific, European, and Asian.
Meridian Lines was first exhibited in 2012 at the new China Art Museum in Shanghai, alongside exhibitions from institutions including the British Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Whitney Museum of American Art.
This exhibition now touring to:
Tauranga Art Gallery: 21 September 2013 - 19 January 2014
Pataka Art + Museum: 16 February 2014 - 25 May 2014More information about Te Papa's touring exhibitions