Atarangi, 1990, Parekowhai, Michael (1968– ), New Zealand. Purchased 2008. Te Papa

Contemporary New Zealand art heading to Shanghai 

31 August 2012

Te Papa is delighted to announce that it has been invited to contribute a selection of contemporary New Zealand art as part of a major international art exhibition for the reopening of the Shanghai Art Museum, China, in October 2012.

Meridian Lines: Contemporary art from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa showcases works by renowned contemporary New Zealand artists Bill Hammond, Ralph Hotere, Ani O’Neill, Michael Parekowhai, John Pule, Yuk King Tan, and Gordon Walters.

‘This is an incredible opportunity to present contemporary New Zealand art to Chinese and international audiences,’ says Te Papa’s Curator of Contemporary Art Sarah Farrar. ‘The reopening of the Shanghai Art Museum is a much anticipated event in China, and it is timed to coincide with the 2012 Shanghai Biennale, a high-profile contemporary art exhibition in China.’

Other international museums invited to participate include the British Museum, Kitano Museum of Art, and Maison de Victor Hugo in Paris, among others.

In this auspicious year – the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China – Te Papa and the Shanghai Art Museum are strengthening the bonds of friendship and culture.

For further information and images, contact:

Roxan Mathys, Manager Communications (Acting), 029 601 0180, 04 381 7021 RoxanM@tepapa.govt.nz

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