Tūrangawaewae are the places, communities and ideas that give us a sense of belonging. Drawn from Te Papa’s extensive collection of New Zealand painting, sculpture and photography, Tūrangawaewae: Art and New Zealand explores questions of art, identity and cross-cultural exchange.
With works by Rita Angus, Colin McCahon, Shane Cotton, Gottfried Lindauer, Len Lye and Robyn Kahukiwa – and many other iconic New Zealand artists – Tūrangawaewae spans historical portraiture to contemporary practice, with artworks that inspire and provoke, question and console.
In March 2018, Te Papa opens a spacious new art gallery, Toi Art. Spanning two floors and 3980 square metres, Toi Art features new immersive and large-scale art, a suite of stunning new exhibitions – including Pacific Sisters: Fashion Activists, Kaleidoscope: Abstract Aotearoa and Lisa Walker: I want to go to my bedroom but I can't be bothered – and iconic works from the national art collection.
Image: John Webber, Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound (detail), circa 1788, oil on canvas. Te Papa.