Auckland Art Gallery
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More than 250 items have been brought in so far to be repaired in Lee Mingwei’s installation ‘The Mending Project’! Still attached to the mended pieces, the threads have formed a complex and colourful web – intended to represent the intangible connections between people and objects. Visitors to the exhibition have only three more three weeks to bring in an item to be repaired by one of our...
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Auckland Art Gallery
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See 'the physical garden' at the Gallery this Sunday 1pm. The performance accompanies Ann Shelton’s photographic series 'jane says', which explores the legacy of women’s use of plants for fertility and birth control. [ Link ]
Auckland Art Gallery
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‘Freedom and Structure: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930–1960’, a 2015 Auckland Art Gallery exhibition begins its tour around the county this weekend, opening 2pm Sunday at Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua. Our Director Rhana Devenport will speak at the opening and exhibition curator Julia Waite will give a floor talk at 2.30pm.

After Wellington, the exhibition will travel to MTG Hawke's Bay,...
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Freedom and Structure – Pātaka Art + Museum
Auckland Art Gallery
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Fresh from memorable performances at Splore Festival and last night at Golden Dawn: Tavern of Power, the charismatic Maharaj Trio are playing a free concert at the Gallery 11am this Sunday. A gig not to be missed! [ Link ]
Image credit:
Auguste Rodin, 'The Kiss' 1901–4 (detail)
Tate: Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and public contributions 1953.
Image: © Tate, London 2017
We're expecting a busy weekend so if you're visiting 'The Māori Portraits', we recommend coming early to beat the crowds. Our opening hours are 10am–5pm. Free entry

The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand
‘If there is one exhibition New Zealanders should visit right now, this is it. It is highly unlikely this many of Lindauer’s portraits will be seen together again in our lifetime.’
– Auckland Art Gallery Director Rhana Devenport.

'The Māori Portraits' closes this Sun 19 Feb – don't miss it!
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Image: 'The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer's New Zealand'...
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Take a walk through Auckland Art Gallery’s spaces without stepping foot through our front door with our new ‘Museum View’! Check it out on Google Maps or the Google Arts & Culture website and app: [ Link ]
'Gottfried Lindauer’s portraits present a collective history of colonial New Zealand, capturing individual identities in a time of great social change and upheaval.' – US arts website Hyperallergic reviews 'The Māori Portraits'.

The exhibition closes this Sun 19 Feb. Don't miss it!
Level 1 – free entry
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Māori Portraits Offer a Window into New Zealand’s Colonial History
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Tag your Valentine below to go in the draw to win one of 2 x double passes to ‘The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate’ which opens on Sat 18 Mar.

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Entry is only open to NZ residents, aged 18 or over. Follow the link for full terms & conditions: [ Link ]
And No.1 in our top 5 favourite kisses in art is… Auguste Rodin’s ‘The Kiss’ ‘This sculpture has a similar magnificence to one of Michelangelo’s, combining the pale cool smoothness of marbled flesh with rough chiselled stone. But at its heart is the fire of passion, one so great that young lovers risk everything for that one embrace, even if death is the outcome. Not content, they are...
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No.2 in our top 5 favourite kisses in art

'Valentine’s Day is full of special moments. Moments where expressions of love and commitment take centre stage. A stolen kiss, an unexpected gift, a proposal, or a quiet moment to reflect with a loved one. To me, this painting could either be the moment before, or the moment following the proposal. Either way Woolmer has captured an endearing moment...
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No.3 in our top 5 favourite kisses in art

'The passion in this painting is tempered by cool colours, the only warmth being the light emanating weakly from a few building windows outside. The curtain veils the lovers and reveals the muted street scene outside. It suggests everyday life goes on, the passers oblivious to the heat generated by the couple upstairs. This is raw reality before...
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This weekend from 11am–4pm join sculptor, carver, illustrator and tā moko artist Rangi Kipa (Taranaki, Te Atiawa Nui Tonu, Ngāti Maniapoto) for a demonstration on the art of Māori tattoo or tā moko. Kipa will also talk in the exhibition on the tā moko that features in many of Lindauer’s portraits.

Image: Gottfried Lindauer, 'The Tohunga-ta-moko at Work', Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki,...
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No.4 in our top 5 favourite kisses in art

'I love Mary Cassatt’s 'Mother’s Kiss' as it embodies to me a treasured but fleeting moment between mother and child. Having three children myself, I cherished scooping them up out of the bath and cuddling for a moment while drying them – it doesn’t last long as they get far too big! Mary captures this moment perfectly. It’s natural, tender, real and...
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In the lead up until Valentine’s Day next Tuesday, our staff pick their top 5 favourite kisses in art

No. 5
'Every painting tells a story, and ‘Il Bacio’ makes me imagine one of bravery, quest, and romance. There is an urgency to their body language; his foot, their hands, as though they are pledging in a whisper that this won’t be their last kiss. It’s a nice reminder to cherish those...
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Rosabel Tan from The Pantograph Punch interviewed artist Lee Mingwei recently and talked about forging connections between strangers and the stories behind his works. Read it below:

Lee Mingwei on Creating Acts of Kindness
Join us tomorrow evening for a panel discussion around the opportunities and concerns for New Zealand women artists in the 21st century. List of participants includes: Judy Darragh, Jessica Douglas, Jacqueline Fahey (ONZM), Sarah Smuts-Kennedy and Vivienne Stone. 6pm in the auditorium, clock tower entrance – free entry [ Link ]

This event is held conjunction with the Te Uru Waitakere...
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Ngāti Hao chief Tāmati Wāka Nene (?–1871) was a noted Ngāpuhi warrior and leader and younger brother to Eruera Maihi Patuone from Hokianga. He played a critical role in convincing chiefs to support the Treaty of Waitangi. Nene’s signature to the Treaty was witnessed at Waitangi on 6 February 1840 by colonial politician James Busby and missionaries Henry Williams and Richard Taylor. Nene is...
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