A golden dream

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The Art Gallery is 40 years old this month! To cel­e­brate this iconic in­sti­tu­tion, Te Manawa presents Golden Dreams, an ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cus­ing on New Zealand land­scape works in its col­lec­tion.

Some are owned by the Te Manawa Mu­se­ums Trust, oth­ers by the Te Manawa Art So­ci­ety; all will res­onate with Ki­wis on a deep level.

From im­ages of teacups at a rail­way sta­tion in the 1970s to the iconic fig­ures of Michael Illing­worth, these art­works em­body the essence of the New Zealand iden­tity. They’re the painted equiv­a­lent of a Don McGlashan song, or Mar­mite. There’s plenty to re­ward lo­cals too, with per­spec­tives on Palmer­ston North, Manawatu and Ran­gi­tikei.

The ex­hi­bi­tion spans more than 70 years of col­lect­ing. In 1945, the Ro­tary Club do­nated a piece by Harry Lin­ley Richard­son – 14 years be­fore there was even a gallery in the city. The most re­cent ac­qui­si­tion is Shane Cot­ton’s River Di­a­mond Blue, com­mis­sioned by Te Manawa and pro­vid­ing a the­matic link be­tween Golden Dreams and the nearby Su­per­nova.

Vis­i­tors can con­trast dif­fer­ent artis­tic ap­proaches to the same ma­te­rial; John Hoyte painted a beau­ti­ful water­fall, but how might Colin Mc­C­a­hon see the same scene? How do var­i­ous Palmer­ston North artists in­cor­po­rate the city’s dis­tinc­tive clock tower?

These are the spa­ces in which we make our homes. This is the land that helps make us who we are. See it with new eyes at this ex­hi­bi­tion.

Golden Dreams is open in the Art Gallery un­til Novem­ber 5.

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