Stories of origin and arrival, significant events, and the transformation of the land of New Zealand are just some of the themes explored in this collection exhibition. Drawing from across the historic, modern and contemporary New Zealand collections this exhibition considers how artists have responded to and interpreted our history through their work.
While in no way a 'History of New Zealand', it offers idiosyncratic glimpses into moments from our history, both real and imagined. Reflecting artists' interests, the Gallery's collection and the different ways artists have responded to the past. Capturing key moments from our recent past, as well as stories of the exploration and encounters of Maori and Pakeha, the contentious history of our land and its development, along with those people made famous by such historic events.
A special focus within the exhibition is the eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886, and the impact the devastation it wrought had on the country.
The exhibition features works by Charles Goldie, Gottfried Lindauer, Colin McCahon and Shane Cotton, some of New Zealand's most celebrated artists of the past and present, amongst others.
- Curated by
- Jane Davidson-Ladd
- New Gallery
- Free entry
gelatin silver print
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, The Ilene and Laurence Dakin Bequest, purchased 1999
gelatin silver photographic prints toned with gold
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2001
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr A C Caughey, 1921
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Sir Cecil Leys, 1933
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2005
watercolour painting, paper manuscript
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Rev Charles Palmer, 1951
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1961
HMS Resolution, Captain Jas Cook, and HMS Adventure, Captain Furneaux, off Cape Palliser, New Zealand, in 1773
oil on canvas
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of William Aitken, 1899
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1984
oil on cardboard
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gifted in memory of Frank Anthony Eden, 1988