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Toi Tu Toi Ora: Contemporary Maori Art

Fiona Pardington, 'Davis Kea Wings', 2015. Courtesy of the Artist and Starkwhite, Auckland.

Toi Tu Toi Ora: Contemporary Maori Art

Toi Tu Toi Ora: Contemporary Maori Art

What: It’s the opening weekend of Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, a game-changing exhibition featuring more than 300 works from 111 artists. Toi Tū Toi Ora is the largest exhibition in the history of the gallery, and is the first survey show of contemporary Māori art in almost 20 years.

The show features iconic works from by some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant artists – Ralph Hotere, Lonnie Hutchinson, Robyn Kahukiwa, Mere Harrison Lodge, Merata Mita, Buck Nin, Fiona Pardington, Michael Parekowhai, James Ormsby, Lisa Reihana, Rachael Rakena, Peter Robinson, Wi Taepa, Cliff Whiting, Arnold Manaaki Wilson, Pauline Yearbury and more.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, the gallery has organised an action-packed programme for the weekend, including dance and kapa haka performances, hīkoi, whānau art-making, live music and kai.

Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

When: Exhibition opens Saturday 5 December and runs until 9 May 2021.

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Lisa Reihana, ‘Ihi’, 2020. Commissioned by Regional Facilities Auckland.

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