Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist Rita Angus: He Ringatoi Hou o Aotearoa

Rita Angus created a distinctive vision of a new, modern New Zealand. This landmark exhibition celebrates 40 years of her work.

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Rita Angus is one of New Zealand’s most iconic artists.

Over the course of her life she produced a remarkable body of drawings, watercolours, and paintings. A committed feminist, and a pacifist, Angus’ work was deeply entwined with her view of the world. In her portraits and landscape paintings, with their distinctive clear colours and flat, graphic style, she created a unique image of 20th-century Aotearoa.

This exhibition was developed in partnership by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and Te Papa.

Painting of a small orange single-building train station. Behind are large rolling hills and a cloudy sky. A man sits by the station, smoking a pipe.


Rita Angus, Cass (detail), 1936, oil on canvas on board. © Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Rita Angus. On loan from Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Rita Angus Art Studio

Get creative with activities inspired by Rita Angus’s artworks, in the Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist art studio.

Experiment with the effects of colour layering, create a portrait using symbols and signs, or pick up a whānau trail and use it to explore the exhibition.

Free, for all ages.

Young people sitting in a room drawing


People in the Rita Angus Art Studio, 2022. Te Papa


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