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.
Ground / Level 1
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)