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The new spring season of art in Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa is nearly complete.
‘Toilet Box’, 1691, London, maker unknown. Bequest of Lady Vivien Younger, 1958. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (GH002360)
European Splendour 1500–1800 opens Friday 9 September. Celebrate the opening with a Friends’ viewing of the exhibitions and two ‘hot-spot’ tours of this rich and visually stunning exhibition.
The gallery opens at 10am and at 10.30am Justine Olsen, Curator Decorative Arts & Design, will talk about the 1691 sterling silver toilet service and at 11am Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art, will talk about the painting by George Dawe, Achilles frantic for the loss of Patroclus, rejecting the consolation of Thetis, 1803, and the Portland Vase.
Detail from: ‘Achilles frantic for the loss of Patroclus, rejecting the consolation of Thetis’, 1803, United Kingdom, by George Dawe. Gift of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 1936. Te Papa (1936-0012-83)
Some galleries are already showcasing new art; Framing the View features the Pink and White Terraces, their glory reproduced long after they vanished beneath the 1886 Tarawera eruption, and Adorned explores images of the Pacific created by European artists after their first contact in the 18th century, displayed together with actual adornments. Sculptor Matt Pine combines Māori and Pacific perspectives with American minimalism in a new version of his Placement Projects – site-responsive installations he first created for the Auckland Art Gallery in 1978. The last exhibitions in this new season of art will open on Friday 16 September.
There is no need to register to attend, we look forward to seeing you during the morning.
Members are also offered special discounts on this opening day: 20% discount at the Up Front Store on Level 5 and 20% at Espresso. The discounts are valid all day until Te Papa closes at 6pm.
Feature image: Detail from Still life, mid-to-late 17th century, Germany, maker unknown, Jan van Kessel II. Gift of Dr G.F.V. Anson, T.V. Anson, H.V. Anson and Mrs F.S. Maclean, 1943. Te Papa (1943-0007-1)