Their new exhibition “Goldie to Cotton” features stories about the people, both the indigineous Maori and the European Settlers, their origins and arrival, significant events, and the transformation of the land of New Zealand.
Paintings and drawings are on display from across the historic, modern and contemporary New Zealand collections and showcase how New Zealand artists have interpreted and depicted New Zealand history through their work. Whist not a history of New Zealand it offers glimpses into the time periods that the artists worked in, both real and imagined.
The exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery features art which captures moments of significant events from both recent past as well as stories of New Zealand’s exploration and the interaction between Maori and Pakeha. The exhibition has artworks depicting moments in history, New Zealand’s development along with those people made famous by such historic events.
A special focus within the exhibition is the volvanic eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886 the devestation it brought and the aftermath.
The exhibition features works by Charles Goldie, Gottfried Lindauer, Colin McCahon and Shane Cotton, some of New Zealand’s most celebrated artists of the past and present, amongst others.
Entrance to the exhibition is free.