Max Oettli: Visible Evidence, Photographs 1965-1975 (Dec 2021 – 18 Sep 2022) opens us up to Aotearoa during a decade of massive urban and social change. Max Oettli preferred the realism of expressive black and white photography and took photographs at all hours of the night and day throughout the 1960s and 70s. Many of the places Oettli photographed – Ponsonby, Freemans Bay, Karangahape Road, Parnell, Newmarket – will be familiar to ākonga in Tāmaki Makaurau and this FREE exhibition supports learning in social studies, History and English as well as the Visual Arts. There is a Tamariki Self-guide available for this exhibition at the Gallery and in the Education Resources section of the Gallery website – please enquire when making your booking.



Yona Lee: An Arrangement for 5 Rooms (Feb 2022 – 28 August 2022) negotiates our relationships with domestic and public spaces and objects, using stainless-steel tube and selected familiar, yet re-contextualised, objects and furniture. The five rooms of the Gallery’s park-side exhibition spaces take the meandering visitor on a journey through both densely and sparsely filled rooms. This beautiful, playful and FREE exhibition invites cross-curricular learning experiences for visitors of all ages and will especially appeal to ākonga working in Art and Design and those developing their own stories, music, places and spaces. There is a Tamariki Self-guide available for this exhibition at the Gallery and in the Education Resources section of the Gallery website – please enquire when making your booking.

Heavenly Beings: Icons of Orthodox Christian World (April 2022 – 18 Sep 2022) invites you to experience the rich visual history of Orthodox Christianity. Over 80 icons written in egg tempera and gold dated from the early fourteenth to the late eighteenth centuries reflect the traditions of Russia, Greece, Asia Minor, Syria, Cypress, Coptic Egypt, and Jerusalem. This ticketed exhibition will appeal especially to Secondary school ākonga of the Visual Arts, Art History, History, Religious Education and English, and we will work with you to develop a bespoke programme to best suit your learning interests and outcomes. For younger visitors, there is a Tamariki Self-guiding available at the Gallery and on our Education Resource page on the Gallery website, while the Gallery Explorers and Storytelling Foundation Programmes are also perfectly suited to this show. $10 pp + complimentary tickets available upon enquiry when making your booking.



Gilbert & George: The Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Exhibition (Jun 2022 – 11 Sep 2022) brings together existing and new work from the 21st Century to look back over a joint career that has courted controversy, challenged the status quo and championed alternative views. This exhibition developed exclusively with the artists by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, is suitable for Secondary and Tertiary groups and will appeal ākonga of social sciences, political and gender studies, English, art history and the visual arts. $10 pp + complimentary tickets available upon enquiry when making your booking. Please note: This exhibition's dates are subject to change. Please check back for the latest information. 



Romancing the Collection, including Seeing Sovereignty: Tino Rangatiratanga (7 August 2021 — 31 May 2023) showcases much-loved favourites from the Gallery’s collection, alongside artworks that may have been under-loved in the past. This FREE exhibition includes Gottfried Lindauer’s Māori portraits, selected portraits in different media from different eras, Still Lifes and ‘Animalus’, and is perfect for our Primary School Foundation Programmes and our Secondary School Making Sense of Art, Verse and Vision and Bespoke Programmes, and will appeal to ākonga of social sciences, art history, history, English as well as the visual arts.



Manpower: Myths of Masculinity (Nov 2021 — 1 Oct 2023) brings into focus the many images of eroticised male bodies that have underpinned the the Gallery’s collection since its foundation in 1888. The exhibition charts changing attitudes to sexuality around the time of the artworks’ acquisitions and in the decades that followed. This FREE exhibition and the accompanying publication written by the Senior Curator, International Art, Sophie Matthiesson, and Assistant Curator, Emma Jameson, will support learning in social sciences, history, philosophy, English and the visual arts.



Guide Kaiārahi  (10 Jul 2021 — 31 Dec 2024) Made from hundreds of shimmering crystals, Reuben Paterson’s (Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāi Tūhoe, Tūhourangi) ten-metre-high waka rises vertically from the Gallery’s forecourt pool. The inspiration for the crystalline sculpture originated in the well-known legend of a phantom waka that appeared at Lake Tarawera ten days before the eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886. Hovering above the Gallery’s forecourt pool like a compass needle in vertical orientation, the magnificent waka suggests navigation to worlds beyond our own. Visiting groups will stop for a brief kōrero about Guide Kaiārahi with one of our educators before entering the Gallery.

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