Cosmos

We profile ‘Cosmos’, the last of our five ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ chapters joining past blogs on ‘Sweetmelt’, ‘Blackwater’, ‘Soaring’, and ‘Treasure’  Imagine the journey of an ancient serpent Bending and rewriting space and time Imagine you are high above the earth, leaving this atmosphere heading into the stars Imagine you are a…

Treasure

As ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ featuring over 250 contemporary artworks from brand-new immersive works to large-scale visitor favourites draws to a close this weekend , we continue with our second last chapter profile – ‘Treasure’. Imagine your hand holding a treasure passing it on Imagine a small happy hand holding this treasure…

Scale is relative

Huang Yong Ping’s spectacular Ressort 2012 is part of a series of large-scale sculptures that depict a snake or dragon, a central symbol in Chinese culture, as well as in many other countries around the world. The work plays on different interpretations of the snake, from creation and temptation to wisdom and deception. Symbolically linking sky and…

Soaring

Complex connections between humanity and the natural world are celebrated and reconceived in ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’. The exhibition plays with ideas of abundance, dizziness and disorientation in five contrasting chapters. We continue our profile on the exhibition themes with ‘Soaring’. Imagine the earth falling away beneath you, a sensation of lightness…

Can a slide be art?

Our ‘experience’ is the primary ‘material’ Carsten Höller manipulates as an artist. He aims to alter how we perceive the world and spark the senses in new ways. Inspired by his work as a biologist, Höller uses the museum to make scientific and philosophical experiments that reshape our expectations about art and produce unexpected outcomes.…

A beautiful hesitation

In 2001, Fiona Pardington began a body of work examining collections of cultural objects in New Zealand’s museums. Through the process of studying, selecting, assembling and then photographing – shells, birds and hei tiki (personal ornaments) – Pardington engages with the complex interplay of culture, science and history, while also questioning the ethics of museum…