Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki plans to tour 48 Maori portraits by late 19th-Century painter Gottfried Lindauer to exhibitions in Berlin, Germany and Pilsen, Czech Republic from November this year.
It is the first time these works have left New Zealand’s shores since they were painted more than 100 years ago.
The Lindauer paintings are among the most loved and admired works in the Auckland Art Gallery’s collection. Lindauer is renowned for his life-like portraits of Maori and depictions of typical Maori scenes.
The Nationalgalerie, part of the Staatlich Museen zu Berlin will present an exhibition focused on Lindauer’s portraits at the Alte Nationalgalerie from November 22, 2014 to April 12, 2015.
From May until July 2015, the Zapadoceska galerie v Pizni (Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen) plans to present the portraits alongside his paintings show scenes of everyday life from the Auckland Art Gallery’s collection.
Lindauer was born in Pilsen, which has also been named European Capital of Culture 2015.
“It’s fitting that we have one of our city’s most celebrated artist’s works on show in the year that we are named European Capital of Culture,” director of the Pilsen 2015 project, Jiri Suchanek said.