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

Press release: Rita Angus exhibition to open at Te Papa in December

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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  • When | Āhea Opens Dec 2021
  • Where | Ki hea Toi Art, Level 4
  • Accessibility | E wātea ana ki
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Low, soft wire barriers in front of all art works
    • Floor has some shallow slopes
    • Accessible toilet.

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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 will be the first time that Angus’ work has been presented on a world stage – a long-overdue international show for a woman who fundamentally changed New Zealand’s artistic landscape.

Developed in partnership by the Royal Academy of Arts and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

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