Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa

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  • When Long-term exhibition
  • Where Levels 5 & 6
  • Cost Free entry
  • Type Art

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Closing soon – don't miss out!

Carleton Watkins closes Sunday 28 August

Yosemite from the Mariposa Trail


Carleton Watkins, The first view of the valley, Yosemite, from the Mariposa Trail, about 1865. Te Papa (O.005804)

We are celebrating the 150-year anniversary of the museum with a selection of large-scale prints by one of the foremost American photographers of the 1800s, Carleton Watkins. The director of the Colonial Museum, James Hector, acquired the prints in 1888.

Ongoing exhibitions

Open Home: Contemporary New Zealand artists explore home life

Photo of large sculpture called Studio by Derrick Cherrie.  Made from Galvanised steel, cedar, aluminium, copper, plywood.


Derrick Cherrie, Studio, 2001. Te Papa (2001-0028-1)

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

Level 6
This exhibition invites you to travel through time discovering connections – from ancient Egypt to present-day Aotearoa New Zealand.

Coming up

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.

Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa New Season: Opening Events

Opening 15 August

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.

Pink Terraces, 1886


Charles Blomfield, Pink Terraces, 1886. Te Papa (1943-0009-1)

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.

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.

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.

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’.

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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