Dowse set to host its largest ever exhibition
The Dowse Art Museum is set to host its largest ever exhibition.
When New Zealand photographer Gavin Hipkins’ The Domain opens on November 25 it will occupy about 800 square metres of wall space, or 260 running metres.
Nearly all the gallery space on the museum’s ground floor will be taken up by the exhibition.
The Domain will be a ‘‘25 year survey’’ of Hipkins’ work to date with a mix of old works and ones created for the exhibition, Dowse director Courtney Johnstone said.
The amount of space given to the exhibition gave visitors the chance to examine the breadth of the artist’s career.
‘‘It’s the first time I can remember that all the ground floor galleries will be given to one artist. It’s a bold amount of space.’’
The Auckland photographer has exhibited in solo and group shows around the world and has held a number of residencies in New Zealand and overseas.
Hipkins was ‘‘one of the most significant contemporary New Zealand photographers’’ who had been labelled a ‘‘tourist of photography’’ for his extensive travels and the range techniques he used within the medium, she said.
He used image-capturing techniques from throughout history - from early photograms through to video.
‘‘It's the first time I can remember that all the ground floor galleries will be given to one artist. It's a bold amount of space.’’