Past Exhibitions | Whakaaturanga i muri


Cutout figures hang in the Te Manawa foyer

21 March - 18 MayRaquel Esquives: The Disappeared

Peruvian artist Raquel Esquives’ installation of suspended and decorated fabric silhouettes memorialises the people who have been abducted by government forces or insurgent guerrillas over a number of decades in Peru’s history, and ‘disappeared’. The exhibition was timed to coincide with Palmerston North’s Festival of Cultures.
A rainbow arcs on a black background

22 March - 22 JuneBlack Rainbow: Ralph Hotere and Michael Parekowhai

Black Rainbow features works by Ralph Hotere alongside Michael Parekowhai’s Venice Biennale 2011 entry, He Korero mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of a New Zealand River - an ornately carved red Steinway grand piano. It was played daily, including by Kris Kristofferson. Michael Houstoun performed a benefit concert one evening, with the revenue from the concert going to Te Manawa Art Society for acquisition of works for Te Manawa art collection. In conjunction with the exhibition, significant works by Hotere from the collection of Te Manawa were displayed as well as some of his working drawings from the Hocken Library, Dunedin. The exhibition was developed as a tribute to Ralph Hotere who passed away in 2013. The exhibition was developed and toured by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

29 March - 29 JuneMauri Ora: A Story of Creation

A glass and light installation by contemporary Māori artist Jamie Boynton that explores universal themes of creation through a Māori creation narrative ‒ the formation of Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatūānuku (Earth Mother).

29 March - 20 JulyGreg Semu: The Battle of the Noble Savage

In 2007 Auckland-born artist Greg Semu was the first artist-in-residence at the Museé du quai Branly, Paris, France. He was commissioned to create an artistic response to the Bonded by Blood Adidas™ campaign featuring the All Blacks for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, hosted by France. A series of spectacular staged photographs, drawing on the trope of the ‘noble savage’, was the outcome. Te Manawa augmented the exhibition with contextual material reflecting the idea of the ’noble savage’ in New Zealand from the 18th to 20th centuries, including works borrowed from Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira. Exhibition toured by City Gallery Wellington and the artist.
Text: Excellence - Level 3 Visual Art

11 April - 11 MayExcellence 2014

This exhibition showcased the highest achieving secondary school students in the Manawatū region in last year’s NCEA level 3 Visual Arts external examination and featured 26 folios of students' work featuring painting, design and photography.
A woman in Shakespearean dress is admired by three others

16 April - 20 JuneCostly Habits: Costumes Inspired by Shakespeare

This year marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birthday, and from 21 – 27 April there was a Shakespeare Festival in the Manawatu. As part of the festival Te Manawa developed an exhibition of Elizabethan/Tudor costume created by students in their first year of the Diploma in Costume Construction at Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School, alongside costumes created for Palmerston North’s 2013 Summer Shakespeare production of The Tempest.
Full length mirrors stand in the exhibition space

6 June - 12 OctoberMirror Magic

A kaleidoscope of different experiences awaits in Mirror Magic’s full spectrum of interactive displays: turn life upside down with Head Stand; reflect on the puzzle presented by mirror writing; and solve the illusion of the phantom jellybeans. The science is hands-on and there are well-illuminated explanations for all its phenomena. One of Te Manawa's most loved touring shows, Mirror Magic promises a fun and educational experience for the whole family.

14 June - 31 AugustBlack River: A collaboration in print and poetry

Inspired by Ralph Hotere’s collaboration with poets, and Michael Parekowhai’s reference to the river in his piano He Korero Pūrākau mō Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of a New Zealand river, Te Manawa brought together local artists and poets to actively engage in the collaborative process. With the Manawatū River as their muse, artists and poets were inspired by one another, mixing ideas and motifs across the disciplines of printmaking and poetry to produce new work for the exhibition and also for the Te Manawa collection. This project was made possible with the generous support of Te Manawa Art Society, the artist and poets.
Beds lie below woven panels in the Art Gallery

5 July - 26 OctoberWhare Taonga

Artists Alexis Neal and Rona Osborne created this exhibition that investigated the human presence within the Wharenui, using a variety of different media to educate, celebrate and converse with the public. Developed and toured by the artists.
A carved and painted wooden model of a puriri moth

12 July - 5 OctoberGondwanaland to GoneWonderland

Developed as the culmination of her PhD study at Toioho ki Āpiti, this exhibition by Liz Grant featured a series of open specimen drawers displaying the painted bronze moths and bugs that were their contents. It explored themes of colonisation and the dynamics of conservation.The exhibition was developed by the artist.
Black and white photos of Pacifika women are strewn through a display case

19 July - 9 NovemberUndressing the Pacific

Shigeyuki Kihara’s performance and photographic works ‘undressed’ historical representations and established European stereotypes of Samoans and Samoa to expose the complex social, political and economic factors at play in the island nation, historically and in the present-day. This exhibition included photos and video of the artist in performance. Toured by the Hocken Library, Dunedin
A green netball uniform

3 October - 30 NovemberNetball Manawatū – Everyone’s Game

This exhibition had its genesis in a request for a display of costumes and memorabilia from Netball Manawatū to celebrate their 85th Anniversary, and grew to become the story of netball in the region. Developed in partnership with Netball Manawatū.

18 October - 18 January 2015The Map is Not the Territory

The Map is not the Territory comprised new work by Manawatū-raised artist Kathryn McCool. It blended notions of nostalgia, time, memory, loss and adolescence captured within a series of images taken in two ‘territories’, Missoula, Montana, U.S.A. and Palmerston North, New Zealand, in 2013, on the thirtieth anniversary of their sister city relationship. Developed in collaboration with the artist.
A multicoloured geometric construction with the text: "Out of the Box"

8 November - 25 January 2014Out of the Box

The graduation exhibition of the Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging students at UCOL, held in the MacDiarmid Gallery was a showcase of the best of the work produced by the graduating students. This year it featured design, animation, textiles, photography and jewellery. Developed in association with UCOL.
A multicoloured and psychedelic portrait of a person

14 November - 1 March 2015Matatau

An exhibition of work by the under-graduates and post-graduates of the Māori Visual Art programmes, Toioho ki Apiti at Massey University. The 2014 work included performance, video, painting, and photography.
A clay bowl in a Māori style

22 November - 15 February 2015Uku Rere – Nga Kaihanga Uku

Featured the work of five internationally renowned Māori ceramic artists, Manos Nathan, Wi Te Tau Pirika Taiepa, Paerau Corneal, Colleen Waata Urlich and Baye Riddell. It also featured several performances of Kiri, a dance and video work by Louise Potiki Bryant. The exhibition was developed by Pataka Art + Museum.