Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa
Discover the national art collection.
Visit Arts Te Papa – the online home of the national art collection.
- When Long-term exhibition
- Where Levels 5 & 6
- Cost Free entry
- Type Art
Matt Pine: Placement Projects revisited
Sculptor Matt Pine combines Māori and Pacific perspectives with American minimalism in a new version of his Placement Projects – site-responsive installations he first created for Auckland Art Gallery in 1978.
The gallery of Helen Hitchings
Helen Hitchings’ vibrant dealer gallery was ground-breaking in its presentation of modern art and design in New Zealand.
Explore images of the Pacific created by European artists after first contact in the 18th century, displayed together with actual adornments.
Framing the View
The Pink and White Terraces were once considered ‘the eighth wonder of the world’. Paintings and photographs continue to reproduce their glory long after they vanished beneath the 1886 Tarawera eruption.
New Visions, New Zealand
Female artists enlivened modern art in New Zealand. Double portraits by Rita Angus, Frances Hodgkins, and A Lois White face off, and a little-known mural by White gets some wall time.
Māori minimalism and international influence
International influences were absorbed and reimagined within Māori modernism. The works of pioneering Māori artist Ralph Hotere, American minimalist artist Ad Reinhardt, and Māori minimalist sculptor Matt Pine are brought together in a surprising conversation.
Open Home: Contemporary New Zealand artists explore home life
Works by Derrick Cherrie, L Budd, Graham Fletcher, and others look at what happens when homes go on display.
Inspired: Ceramics and jewellery shaped by the past
This exhibition invites you to travel through time discovering connections – from ancient Egypt to present-day Aotearoa New Zealand.
Change is in the air as we prepare for the spring season of Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa. Some galleries will be closed as we install new works, but there’ll always be plenty to see. Check below for details.
Join us on 17 September to celebrate the new season with a day of floortalks, craft activities, and more.
Opening 9 September
European Splendour 1500–1800
Exquisite European art and objects reveal how the Church, trade, and innovation influenced what was once considered the height of affluence.
Alexis Hunter: The model’s revenge
Gender, sexuality, and power – the 1970s photographs of this feminist artist have been described as ‘icons of fearlessness for women’.
Opening 16 September
Simon Denny: Secret Power
Simon Denny’s acclaimed Venice Biennale exhibition Secret Power explores surveillance, espionage, and New Zealand’s role in the Five Eyes international intelligence alliance.
The Anzac print portfolio
Five New Zealand and five Australian artists respond to the history, legacy, and recent centenary of World War I.
Filmic imaginaries: Jacqueline Fraser and Tracey Moffatt
Jacqueline Fraser and Tracey Moffatt use popular culture – cinema, television, and advertising – to move their work beyond identity politics into the realm of the imaginary.
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