Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art

Written by Sara Black

Arriving this summer, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki present their largest exhibition to date.

It’s been nearly 20 years since a local art institution has revisited the story of contemporary Māori art in a large-survey exhibition. But, excellent news, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki are changing that stat.

With over 300 artworks by 120 Māori artists, their upcoming exhibition will chronicle 1950 to present day, in a mass-scale celebration featuring fine art, sculpture, print-making, clay-making, jewellery, body adornment, photography, digital media, film and installation art.  

“This ambitious inter-generational exhibition will be a spectacular celebration of the dynamic and changing expression of contemporary Māori art. Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art is monumental in its storytelling and its scale and speaks to the very core of the gallery’s purpose as a bi-cultural place for the championing of New Zealand art.” — art gallery director, Kirsten Paisley.

Free to the public, pop Saturday 5 December into your diary and invite all for a culture-filled day.  



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Ripeka Whero by Professor Robert Jahnke, 2015. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2018.

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