An improbable performance

Michael Parekowhai is one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists. Primarily sculptural, his works often play with scale and space, using humour to comment on the intersections between national narratives, colonial histories and popular culture. Parekowhai is known for bringing together an array of references, sometimes in a single object, with in-jokes and snippets of…

Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land

This major exhibition features new works and key loans, alongside a selection of works from the QAGOMA Collection, from one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists. The show sees the Gallery transformed into an immersive environment: a ‘memory palace’ in which visitors can discover sculptures and photographs spanning more than two decades of the artist’s…

New Zealand artist’s new works promise to surprise at GOMA

A two-storey family home containing a large polished stainless steel sculpture of a prominent historical figure and a super-sized wall built of scaled-up coloured Cuisenaire rods are among the new works to be unveiled in the first major solo exhibition of renowned New Zealand contemporary artist, Michael Parekowhai. ‘Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land’, which spans…

QAGOMA remembers Wayne Goss

GOMA venue for Wayne Goss Memorial Service The public memorial service for former premier Wayne Goss, organised and hosted by the Goss family, will be held at the Gallery of Modern Art at 2pm on Friday 21 November. Mrs Roisin Goss, son Ryan Goss and daughter Caitlin Goss invite Wayne’s friends, colleagues, and supporters to join them…

Highlight: Ans Westra ‘Ruatoria’

The Gallery recently acquired 12 of Dutch photographer Ans Westra’s beautiful black-and-white photographs from two important series from the 1960s, depicting a day in the life of a large Māori family in rural New Zealand. For over 50 years, Dutch-born photographer Ans Westra has been absorbed by the documentation of Māori communities in Aotearoa New…

Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT)

Edited version of Suhanya Raffel’s Foreword from ‘The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT7) publication. Two decades ago, the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) affirmed this Gallery’s commitment to programs of international and national relevance, and renegotiated the framework in which contemporary art was presented. In 2012, the APT remains just as vital,…