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Surrealist art at Te Papa next summer – including Dali, Magritte, Duchamp

René Magritte, The house of glass, gouache on paper, 1939. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Photo Studio Tromp. Copyright René Magritte, ADAGP. Copyright Agency, 2020

News from Te Papa
A unique, world famous collection of Surrealist art will be coming to Te Papa this summer. Dalí and the Surrealists: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen | Dalí me ngā Ringatoi Pohewa: He Toi Marupō Muhiama o Boijmans Van Beuningen opens 5 December and runs until 26 April 2021 in Te Papa’s gallery, Toi Art. Read more »

Children’s art for a peaceful world

Press Release from Tumanako
Artistic expressions of hope for an inclusive world by children all over New Zealand will mark the one-year anniversary of the Christchurch mosque shootings. The opening of the exhibition Tūmanako! Children’s Art Works for a Peaceful World, will take place on Sunday at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington. Read more »

Te Papa acquiring sacred mat from Samoa

Press Release – Te Papa
On Friday, his Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi (Former Head of State of Samoa) will present Le Lau Ta’amu Tafea, a sacred ‘ie tōga (fine mat) to Te Papa at a special event. Read more »

Sacha Lees wins Adam Portraiture Award


News from NZ Portrait Gallery
Congratulations to Lower Hutt artist Sacha Lees for winning the 2020 Adam Portraiture Award with her portrait: “Sometimes an outline coloured in.” Read more »

Kiwi Dads photographic exhibition

Press Release – Ministry for Women

Tom Herring works flexibly to support Kate (5) and Ben (3.5) and his wife, whose job includes regular travel. He took two weeks’ leave for both children when they were born. Photo: Sarah Weber

Kiwi Dads, a photographic exhibition and campaign to promote equal access to paid parental leave, will be on display in the foyer of the Asteron Centre, 55 Featherston Street, Wellington from 24-28 February. Read more »

RNZ – outrage at a giant loss


An open letter from Claire Cowan
To the Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern
To Kris Faafoi, Minister of Broadcasting, and the relevant leadership at RNZ.

I am writing to express my outrage and sadness over the proposal to disestablish the jobs of all presenters on RNZ Concert and reduce the station to online and AM frequency only. These changes will be the death of classical music in this country, and reflect an incredible disregard for the art form and naivety around the value of this station and what it does for listeners of all ages. Read more »

RNZ – destroying a success


“… we don’t really have any position on what the brand is going to be yet, and what it’s going to be called…”
– Paul Thompson, Chief Executive Radio New Zealand

by Marc Taddei
Just yesterday, Paul Thompson, the Chief Executive of Radio New Zealand and Willy Macalister, Music Content Director, announced that they would be changing the nature of New Zealand’s only Art Music Radio station – RNZ Concert. They propose that RNZ Concert will cease broadcasting on FM (in order to free up slots), and move to AM and streaming services. Furthermore, they propose that the broadcast be largely automated, delivered by a skeletal crew. It appears to be similar to a constantly evolving Spotify playlist. Gone will be the in-depth shows that showcase New Zealand Art Music and its practitioners. Read more »

Paul Melser – One Hundred Plates

Press Release – Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History
Paul Melser’s ceramics are a quiet reminder of the natural materials they are made of and the work of the hand that has produced them. Read more »

Finalists announced, from 373 entries for $20,000 Adam Portraiture Award

Logan Moffat. Elam Winner 2018

News from National Portrait Gallery
Portraits featuring real hair, cats and LGBTQ pride are some of the interesting works shortlisted in the 2020 Adam Portraiture Award. Read more »

Wellington artists launch exhibition to bring back grace

Press Release – PotockiPaterson Art Gallery

The Others,by Sela Brass

Two Wellington artists are presenting an exhibition to bring the concept grace back to life, using the concept as a philosophy to overcome the challenges life throws at people in times when they must deal with adversity, judgment, illness and death. Read more »

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