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Collecting Contemporary 

Exhibition now closed
9 June 2011 – 29 July 2012

Every year, Te Papa extends its art collection, adding significant works by both emerging and established artists, as well as pieces that enhance the collection or reflect important trends. 


Collecting Contemporary presents a selection of contemporary art acquired between 2006 and the present day. The exhibition features works in a range of media, including painting, furniture design, jewellery, photography, sculpture, video, and ceramics. Together, the works demonstrate the diversity and strength of New Zealand art and design.

In this exhibition:

Collecting Contemporary on our blog

Read stories about the exhibition from our staff's perspective.
Te Papa's Blog

Te Papa Store

Visit Te Papa Store to choose from a great range of New Zealand and international art books.

See a selection of our art titles

A number of Te Papa's art works, objects and Taonga are available in the Google Art project, in high resolution, alongside iconic works from other major institutions around the world.
Te Papa's collection on Google Art Project


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