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Toi Tu¯ Toi Ora: Contempora­ry Ma¯ori Art

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Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Ta¯maki aucklandar­tgallery.com

The biggest exhibition in Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Ta¯maki’s 132-year history arrives this year with Toi Tu¯ Toi Ora:

Contempora­ry Ma¯ ori Art. Opening for summer, the exhibition will feature 300 works from 120 Ma¯ori artists, including contempora­ry photograph­ers.

Kirsten Paisley, gallery director, says the intergener­ational exhibition will be a spectacula­r celebratio­n of Aotearoa’s unique and dynamic indigenous art practices.

“Toi Tu¯ Toi Ora: Contempora­ry Ma¯ ori 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,” she says.

As well as featuring works by renowned Ma¯ori photograph­ers, such as a new site-specific commission by Lisa Reihana, the exhibition will encompass painting, sculpture, printmakin­g, clay-making, jewellery and body adornment, digital media, film, and installati­on art.

Examining the past 70 years of Ma¯ori art practices, the huge exhibition will be organized around the Ma¯ori creation narrative, highlighti­ng its enduring influence and the diverse interpreta­tions that have served as inspiratio­n for creating art. So large is the scope of the show that it will extend beyond the gallery to a Toi Tu¯ Toi Ora: Contempora­ry Ma¯ori Art satellite site at Auckland’s Britomart precinct.

Artists involved with this landmark show are still being announced, so keep an eye on aucklandar­tgallery.com for details.

 ??  ?? LISA REIHANA, MAHUIKA, 2001, AUCKLAND ART GALLERY TOI O TA¯MAKI
LISA REIHANA, MAHUIKA, 2001, AUCKLAND ART GALLERY TOI O TA¯MAKI

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