UPDATED 30 SEPTEMBER 2018:
Art Gallery reopens.
One of the most common requests made to Te Manawa is a desire to see more of the public art collection on display, and with an earlier reopening on the calendar, the Art Gallery building is being prepared with exactly that in mind.
The renewal project, which saw Te Manawa unveil plans to make some significant upgrades, has now been scaled back in response to public feedback wanting the Gallery building open sooner. While this means much of the improvements Te Manawa wanted to make have had to be cut, the break in the schedule of exhibitions has allowed the team to devise an exhibition that showcases the art collection like never before.
Explore the collection like never before.
This selection of large artworks from the collection spans sculpture, ceramics, assemblage, photography, painting, stitched and drawn works. From the global vision of John Bevan Ford to the mournful detail of Fiona Pardington’s photograph, the artists here seek to confront, reveal and immerse you in their creative world through scale.
Artworks of this size present a unique challenge to conservators. They demand a lot of storage space, and the processes of caring for them are complicated by dimensions that stretch beyond the reach of an arm.
The racks hold objects that range from wall-mounted sculptures and paintings to photographs, and even items from the social history collection.
They’re not organised by artist, value or type – all that matters is the best use of space! Because we’re exhibiting them as they’re stored, this can create some interesting juxtapositions as unusual combinations of artworks end up hanging side by side – on the rack democracy rules.
Every season Te Manawa will change the works in this gallery, so return often enough and you’ll get to see all 24 racks.
Unlike framed paintings or sculpture, works on paper are often small and fragile, and present their own storage challenges. High resolution photographs allow easy access to these parts of the collection.
The screens to your left show the objects photographed so far and the cases behind you contain some of the original artworks.
Through the portal you will be immersed in a digital installation developed with artist David Lupton. In the future images from this project will be available on our website.
From the groundbreaking exhibition The Active Eye in (1975) to the more recent survey Now and Then (2012), Te Manawa has a rich history of collecting and exhibiting artworks in the photographic medium.
Of the 97 photographers represented in our collections 22 are women. The five most recent photographic acquisitions include three by women artists.