Tuesday 9 November
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is reopening its doors with extensions on spring exhibitions and the announcement of its summer exhibition schedule. Auckland Art Gallery will re-open to Members only first, at 10am, Monday 15 November to Tuesday 16 November and then to the public, from 10am, Wednesday 17 November.
‘We’re so excited to welcome visitors back to Auckland Art Gallery, and to give everyone a much-needed opportunity to recharge with exhibitions and experiences designed to soothe the soul and stimulate the imagination. We’ve extended the dates on Bill Culbert | Slow Wonder and have a new exhibition, Romancing the Collection, which explores the hidden wonders of our collection from Picasso to pop art and portraiture. The breath-taking Māori portraits, which connect many New Zealanders to their tupuna, are also back on display,’ says Gallery Director Kirsten Lacy.
‘The Gallery is especially delighted to start the summer on the energy and youthful spirit of Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary. This major international exhibition invites us all into the world of revolutionary fashion icon, Mary Quant, to experience a little of the “youthquake” she helped inspire with her exuberant, fresh designs and innovative brand.’
New to open this month, Manpower: Myths of Masculinity explores the depiction of male bodies in the Gallery’s collection. The exhibition examines the changing attitudes to sexuality from the time of the artworks’ acquisitions by their Victorian-era collectors and through the decades that followed.
In late November, Vocabulary of Solitude, a large-scale installation by international contemporary artist Ugo Rondinone, will see life-size clowns and a full colourful rainbow wrap take over the three-storey-high North Atrium, reflecting the Gallery’s commitment to presenting contemporary art by the world’s leading artists.
Alongside Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary, visitors to the Gallery this summer will enjoy Max Oettli: Visible Evidence, Photographs 1965–1975, an exhibition of work by Swiss-New Zealand photographer Max Oettli. Oettli’s vintage photographs showcase life in Tāmaki Makaurau in the ‘60s and ‘70s and, in some cases, will be exhibited publicly for the first time.
Coming up at Auckland Art Gallery are