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Press Release – City Gallery Wellington

Opening Day Events
Saturday 8 April, 11am | Free
11am: Co-curator Wystan Curnow talks about Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide

11.45am: Artist Petra Cortright and Curator Aaron Lister talk about RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME

12.30pm: Furniture designer Martino Gamper and Auckland-based interior designer Katie Lockhart talk about 100 Chairs in 100 Days

City Talks: Maurice Clark — Preserving Wellington’s Heritage Buildings
Monday 10 April, 6pm | Free
Maurice Clark is recognised for his significant commitment and contribution to the architectural landscape of Wellington through his restoration projects of some of Wellington’s most notable heritage buildings.

International Connections: Artist Residency Forum
Wednesday 12 April, 6pm| Free
Daniel Beban (New Zealand), Janine Eisenaecher (Germany) and Soraya Rofhir (France) discuss their experiences as artists on international residency programmes with curator Melanie Oliver.

Presented in partnership with The Goethe-Institut and Wellington City Council City Arts.

Exhibitions | Free Entry


Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide
08 April – 30 July 2017

The exhibition explores McCahon’s evolving engagement with Māori subjects and themes in his works from the 1960s and 1970s. These works range from early treatments of koru imagery to later history paintings, referring to Māori prophets and highlighting land-rights issues.

On Going Out with the Tide seeks to understand these works in terms of a tectonic shift in New Zealand culture—emerging biculturalism.

08 April – 13 August 2017

LA-based digital artist Petra Cortright’s first New Zealand exhibition features a suite of new paintings on linen and paper, video paintings, and YouTube-hosted webcam performances. There are also Flash animations of kitschy scenics, which apply the aesthetics of the desktop screensaver to the gallery wall.

Martino Gamper: 100 Chairs in 100 Days
08 April – 13 August 2017

Italian-born furniture designer Martino Gamper says, ‘There is no perfect chair.’ In this project he made 100 chairs from recycled and found materials in 100 days. Showing for the first time in New Zealand, the 100th chair has been made in New Zealand especially for this exhibition.

Shannon Te Ao: Untitled (McCahon House Studies)
08 April – 30 July 2017

Wellington artist and 2016 Walters Prize winner Shannon Te Ao (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) video Untitled (McCahon House Studies) (2011). Te Ao walks with and talks back to McCahon. It is one of a number of video-performances responding to historically charged sites that Te Ao has made with cinematographer Iain Frengley.


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