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Toi Tu¯ Toi Ora: Contemporary Ma¯ori Art
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.