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The Back of the Painting He Kōrero anō kei Muri

The back of a painting can reveal the story of a painting’s genesis, or its history in the artist’s studio, or life after that. The simplest things – nail holes and stains for example – tell you so much, as do the overall quality and ‘feel’ of a painting.

Based on the new book The Back of the Painting from Te Papa Press, view a work from our collection – both the artwork and what is on the back of the painting – and unpick the story it tells.

Focussed and detailed images of the front and back of Flora Scales’ Anemones unpacks a bigger story about this work.

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  • When | Āhea Apr 8 – Jul 29 2021
  • Where | Ki hea Toi Art, Level 5
  • Cost | Te utu Free entry
  • Ages | Te reanga For ages 12+
  • Allow | Me whakarite 10 minutes

“Close observation is the key to my work as a paintings conservator. The tiniest details can offer fascinating clues – and the back often tells me as much as the front.”

– Linda Waters, Conservator Paintings and author of The Back of the Painting

“Me kanohi hōmiromiro e tutuki pai ai taku mahi hei kaitiaki peita. He kōrero nui kei ngā āhuatanga moroiti noa – otirā, he rite te nui o ngā kōrero o muri ki ērā o mua tonu o te pikitia.”

– Linda Waters, Kaitiaki Peita

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