Check out the meanings of some of the art terms used in this exhibition.
Click on a floating word to find out its meaning. To select a different category, click on one of the 3 titles below:
Download a hardcopy of the glossary (pdf, 90kb). (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
Browse through information about the ever expanding number of objects from all our collections.
Explore the tools that artists use – such as line, colour, and balance – to create works of art.
Take a tour of the Museum of Modern Art with a friendly alien!
A chronological and geographical exploration of the history of art.
View current and previous issues of New Zealand's major visual arts journal.
The ongoing project to catalogue McCahon's complete works, dating from the mid-1930s to the early 1980s.
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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