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Rita Angus exhibition opens at Te Papa next month

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Te Papa’s summer exhibition Rita Angus, New Zealand Modernist | He Ringatoi Hou o Aotearoa opens on Saturday 18 December and runs until 25 April.

More than 70 works by Rita Angus (1908–1970), one of New Zealand’s most iconic 20th-century artists, will be exhibited at Te Papa, including Rutu, 1951, Cleopatra, 1938, Central Otago, 1953–56/1969, and Cass, 1936.

The exhibition will also feature two significant recent acquisitions. Marjorie Marshall (1938-39/1943) is a remarkable portrait of Angus’s friend and fellow artist Marshall, set against the backdrop of Central Otago mountains. The Aviatrix (1933) is one of Angus’s most important early works – a striking portrait of her sister Edna, the first woman pilot in the East Coast Aero Club, wearing her flying costume.

Te Papa Head of Art Charlotte Davy says Rita Angus, New Zealand Modernist will introduce a new generation of New Zealanders to Rita Angus’ work. “It is remarkable how much power and relevance her paintings still have today.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full catalogue featuring all the works in the exhibition and anchored by two major essays by Angus’ biographer Jill Trevelyan and Chief Curator at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, Dr Adrian Locke.

Te Papa Press also published a new edition of Trevelyan’s award-winning book, Rita Angus: An Artist’s Life in April.

The exhibition will be on display at Te Papa’s Toi Art and entry is free. After it closes at Te Papa, a smaller exhibition will tour a number of regional galleries.

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