Toi Aotearoa

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Gordon Walters 'Genealogy 5' 1971, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Dame Jenny Gibbs in honour of Chris Saines, Gallery Director (1996-2013)


Explore New Zealand's cultural, political and artistic history in this substantial exhibition of artwork from our collection. Examine the way artists have represented the intertwined stories of Aotearoa over the past 400 years.

Begin in the 21st century with Judy Darragh's mixed-media , futuristic banner Sissy Squat. Witness the way Anne Noble captures the brooding and mysterious Whanganui River, and encounter the voice of protest in Ralph Hotere's Aramoana.

Then head off to see a vast range of work by New Zealand modernist artists, including Colin McCahon, Gordon Walters, Tony Fomison, Lois White, Rita Angus and Toss Woollaston. Continue upstairs to the 1700s and 1800s and discover how artists recorded early interactions between Māori and Pākehā. Encounter noble ancestors painted in ultra-fine detail by Gottifried Lindauer, and marvel at some of the oldest works on show - taonga (treasures) created by Māori.

Contemporary New Zealand art (ground level) - until 31 August 2014
Modern New Zealand art (ground level) - until 27 July 2014
Historic New Zealand art (level 1) - ongoing
Free entry

Image: Gordon Walters Genealogy 5 1971, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Dame Jenny Gibbs in honour of Chris Saines, Gallery Director (1996-2013)



Date & Time

Saturday 3 September 2011 - Sunday 31 August 10am - 5pm daily


Ground/level 1


  • Wheelchair access available
  • Free
  • Wheelchairs available




Ron Brownson, Natasha Conland, Ngahiraka Mason

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