This media release originally issued on Monday 15 March 2021 was updated on Thursday 17 March 2021 to reflect the new dates for Reuben Paterson’s commission, Romancing the Collection and Vocabulary of Solitude Atrium Commission by Ugo Rondinone.
New Zealand’s contemporary art prize, a survey of work by a much-loved light artist, two thought-provoking exhibitions from the Gallery’s collection, an expansive installation by an internationally celebrated artist, a spectacular new sculpture for Matariki and much more is confirmed for Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s programme.
Director Kirsten Lacy says Auckland Art Gallery’s autumn and winter programme has been two years in the making with new research informing art experiences presented across the building.
‘Our programme includes significant presentations of the Gallery’s New Zealand and International collections, it will showcase some of the greatest contemporary artists of our era and include the unveiling of a major sculptural commission on the Gallery’s forecourt as well as the presentation of artworks shortlisted for New Zealand’s art award, The Walters Prize.’
‘I’m immensely proud of the Auckland Art Gallery team, and we are so thankful to all our supporters who continue to give generously and enable us to present exceptional free experiences to our communities,’ she says.
Auckland Unlimited Chief Executive Nick Hill says the breadth and quality in the upcoming programme will contribute to the cultural vibrancy of a city ‘hungry for more in the post-lockdown era’.
‘While our borders remain closed to international travel, we have a unique opportunity to experience incredible work by New Zealand and international artists here in Auckland.
‘The stunning Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art exhibition is a must-see for all New Zealanders. When the exhibition ends in May, we can look forward to presentations of a wealth of skilfully curated artworks from the Gallery’s collection, the thought-provoking contemporary works from The Walters Prize finalists and much more.’
Coming up at Auckland Art Gallery from May are: