Toi Aotearoa

Explore New Zealand's cultural, political and artistic history in this substantial exhibition of artwork from our collection. Examine the way artists have represented the intertwined stories of Aotearoa over the past 400 years.

Begin in the 21st century with Judy Darragh's mixed-media, futuristic banner Sissy Squat. Witness the way Laurence Aberhart captures the changing look and mood of Mount Taranaki, and encounter the voice of protest in Ralph Hotere's Aramoana.

Then head off to see a vast range of work by New Zealand modernist artists, including Colin McCahon, Selwyn Muru, Lois White, Rita Angus and Toss Woollaston. Continue upstairs to the 1700s and 1800s and discover how artists recorded early interactions between Māori and Pākehā. Encounter noble ancestors painted in ultra-fine detail by Gottifried Lindauer, and marvel at some of the oldest works on show – taonga (treasures) created by Māori.

Ground/Level 1.

Presenting sponsor Ernst and Young.

Image: Kennett Watkins, The Phantom canoe: a legend of Lake Tarawera 1888, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915

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