Heralded in 1888 as 'the first permanent Art Gallery in the Dominion', Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki remains the largest art institution in New Zealand, with a collection numberingover 15,000 works. These include major holdings of New Zealand historic, modern andcontemporary art, and outstanding works by Māori and Pacific artists, as well as Europeanpainting, sculpture and print collections ranging in date from 1376 to the present day.Read More
The Gallery is also home to the Chartwell Collection, a collection of contemporary art fromNew Zealand and Australia.
Auckland Art Gallery continues to actively acquire works across all collection areas. The Gallery supports the exhibition programmes of other public art galleries and museums throughout New Zealand and overseas by making its collection available for loan.
With the rapid growth of the Gallery’s collection, the historic building has undergone asuccession of extensions and alterations. The most recent redevelopment opened to thepublic in September 2011. This ambitious building project restored and preserved thebuilding’s iconic heritage fabric while adding large contemporary exhibition spaces, extensiveglazing and new outdoor sculpture terraces.
The redeveloped Gallery is at the centre of a city whose energy and enthusiasm for the artscontinues to grow.
During the Auckland Art Fair, a host of intriguing exhibitions are being mounted around the city.
The video was created by Chelsea Winstanley, director of a forthcoming documentary on the sprawling survey of Māori contemporary art.
The artist recreated scenes that played out during Australia's catastrophic bushfires last summer.
The works include a 14m-tall rope weaving, remixed footage from WWII, and video of newspapers being bleached.
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