Follow Te Papa

 

Follow City Gallery

 

Build your guide

Select your chapters, build your own digital guide to Oceania: Early encounters, and then download or email it.

 

Start now

East Gallery

Show me:ObjectsMore information

Image not cleared

    'Black Phoenix', 1984

    Ralph Hotere’s masterpiece is a cathedral of a work, filled with echoing voices, meanings, and visual effects. In the context of Oceania, the work is a meditation on the cycles of growth and destruction that are part of Pacific life.

    See a photograph of Black Phoenix in our online collections