What’s On: Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki


Robert Jahnke Ripeka whero from the Te Ripeka series 2015 Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2018.

The largest-ever survey of contemporary Māori art staged by the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki will feature more than 300 artworks by 120 Māori artists across all genres.

5 December to 9 May, Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki

The largest-ever survey of contemporary Māori art staged by the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki spans 70 years from the 1950s to the present and is monumental in scale and storytelling. Featuring more than 300 artworks by 120 Māori artists across all genres, Toi Tū Toi Ora highlights the dynamic and changing countenance of modern Māori art.

The artist line-up includes Shane Cotton, Emily Karaka, Reuben Paterson, Lisa Reihana, Reweti Arapere, Ngatai Taepa, Sandy Adsett and Mata Aho Collective in collaboration with Maureen Lander.

Auckland Art Gallery Director Kirsten Paisley says, ‘This ambitious intergenerational exhibition will be a spectacular celebration of the dynamic and changing expression of contemporary Māori art. Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art is monumental in its storytelling and its scale and speaks to the very core of the Gallery’s purpose as a bicultural place for the championing of New Zealand art.’

Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art considers new ways of approaching and engaging with the Māori art of the last 70 years. The Māori creation narrative provides the exhibition’s framework, highlighting its enduring resonance and the multiplicity of interpretation that artists have bought to bear on the narrative in making their art.

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