Meridian Lines: Contemporary art from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 

Rainbow country 2000-01, O'Neill, Ani (1971– ), New Zealand. Purchased 2002. Te Papa
Rainbow country 2000-01, O'Neill, Ani (1971– ), New Zealand. Purchased 2002. Te Papa

Meridian Lines: Contemporary art from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa was Te Papa’s contribution to a major international art exhibition, developed to mark the reopening of the China Art Museum, Shanghai, in October 2012.

This exhibition is now touring New Zealand.

Meridian Lines features works by seven leading contemporary New Zealand artists: Ani O’Neill, Bill Hammond, Gordon Walters, John Pule, Michael Parekowhai, Ralph Hotere, and Yuk King Tan. All have been selected from Te Papa’s collection.

The 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 in our corner of the world – Māori, Pacific, European, and Asian. 

Te Papa is delighted to share these significant works from our collection with a national and international audience. Among the other institutions invited to participate are the Whitney Museum, Rijksmuseum, British Museum, and Kitano Museum of Art.

Artists and works



Ani O’Neill, Rainbow country, 2000–01
. Purchased 2002. Te Papa 


Bill Hammond, Land list, 1996
. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa


Gordon Walters, Genealogy III, 1971
. Purchased 1993 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa




John Pule, Shark, Angel, Bird, Ladder, 2008. Purchased 2010. Te Papa



Michael Parekowhai, Atarangi, 1990
. Purchased 2008. Te Papa


Ralph Hotere, Yellow triptych, 2001–03
. Purchased 2004. Reproduced courtesy of Ralph Hotere. Te Papa


Yuk King Tan, Untitled (Red masks), 1998
. Purchased 1999 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

 

China venue

1 Oct – 31 Dec 2012China Art Museum, Shanghai, China

New Zealand venues

21 Sep 2013 – 19 Jan 2014Tauranga Art Gallery
16 Feb – 25 May 2014Pataka, Porirua

Please check venue website for confirmed dates.

Visit Arts Te Papa, the online home of art at Te Papa, for more information and images from Meridian Lines.

Contact 

If you are interested in exhibiting Meridian Lines: Contemporary art from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, please contact:  

Aaron Te One
Touring Exhibitions Manager

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
aaron.teone@tepapa.govt.nz
+64 (0)4 381 7191

 

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