Kaleidoscope: Abstract Aotearoa

An exploration of colour, shape, and pattern in the Pacific.

  • When Opens March 2018
  • Where Toi Art, Level 5
  • Cost Free entry

Abstract art is often presented as a 20th-century European invention. Kaleidoscope turns that on its head and celebrates how the exploration of shape, colour and pattern have captured our imaginations in the Pacific.

With toi whakairowhakairo carving by Anaha Te Rahui and an enormous Fijian masimasi tapa cloth, alongside works by contemporary artists like Reuben Paterson and Richard Killeen, the exhibition offers four ways to think about and experience abstract art in New Zealand.

We live in a world of images – with the rise of Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube – images are part of how we make sense of the world.

Abstract art helps us learn to decode, understand and analyse these images. These are artworks that reward the act of simply looking and thinking, which is what art is about at its essence.

At its heart is a must-see immersive new commission by contemporary artist Tiffany Singh.

“Expect colour, lots of colour!” Ms Singh says. “But not in the way you might be used to experiencing colour in my work.”



Reuben Paterson, Te Pūtahitanga ō Rehua, 2005 (still), digital video. Gift of the artist, 2011. Te Papa (2011-0015-1)