Update: please note Darcell Apelu's Carry Me With You is now scheduled to open mid-November.
Wednesday 13 September 2023
A major exhibition by artist and couturier Guo Pei, two major commissions by New Zealand artists Darcell Apelu and Simon Denny, three new exhibitions drawn from the Gallery’s collections, as well as a new interactive art-making experience in Te Aka Matua, the Gallery’s Creative Learning Centre, open at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in coming months.
Director Kirsten Lacy is delighted to announce Auckland Art Gallery’s spring and summer exhibitions.
‘The Gallery is renewing collection and temporary exhibition displays across the building over the spring period with a wide array of exceptional art experiences. The exclusive exhibition, Guo Pei: Fashion, Art, Fantasy 郭培：时装之幻梦 celebrates one of the world’s most renowned couturiers. Guo Pei’s gowns and garments unite high fashion, remarkable artistry, and an imagination with no limits. As part of this exhibition, we’re delighted to present the Yellow Queen gown that Rihanna famously wore at the 2015 Met Gala.’
‘We’re also proud to showcase new commissions by two outstanding New Zealand artists. In October, we will unveil Darcell Apelu’s sculptural installation Carry Me With You on the North Terrace and into December, Simon Denny will present his largest project in New Zealand in some years in the Gallery’s North Atrium.’
‘Our exhibition programme also includes significant presentations of the Gallery’s collection, showcasing some of the greatest artists of our era and from throughout history. I’m particularly excited to share recent acquisitions showcased for the first time, alongside visitor favourites.’
‘In Te Aka Matua Creative Learning Centre, we will open Ngā Pakiaka: Like the roots of a tree, a new experience that will enable visitors of all ages the opportunity to explore art and interconnected environmental themes through hands-on making.’