Current Exhibitions

Hany Armanious <em>Selflok</em> 1993-2001 (detail, installation view). Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection. Photo Bryan James.
In Play: Hany Armanious, Peter Robinson, Jim Speers
  • 1 Apr — 23 Jul 2017
  • Galleries 2,4,5

In markedly differing ways, each artist has built a multi-fold construction that plays with scale, colour and material to challenge audience expectations around art and everyday objects, public spaces and image-making, as well as modernism and the imagination.

<em>Fountain III</em> at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 1977. Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre
Len Lye: Fountain III
  • 27 Mar — 29 Jul 2017
  • Gallery 1

Commissioned by the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Fountain III was described by the engineer John Matthews as ‘a gentle peaceful work with a lovely tinkling sound’. It is shown here again 40 years later.

Tom Kreisler <em>Night Weather</em> 1984.
1270 x 1050mm, Acrylic and dyes on canvas.
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection. Purchased with the assistance of the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand in 1987
Open Collection #3: Tom
  • 27 Mar — 30 Jul 2017
  • Gallery 1

Eager to celebrate the quirkiness of everyday life through his art, Kreisler asks his audiences to look at the world around them in a different way – encouraging both a sense of amusement and quiet contemplation.

WharehokaSmith <em>Kureitanga II IV</em> 2016, installation view at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Courtesy the artist. Photo Sam Hartnett
WharehokaSmith: Kureitanga II IV
  • 1 Sep 2016 — Ongoing
  • Todd Energy Learning Centre

A new commission, Kureitanga II IV, by Taranaki artist WharehokaSmith (Taranaki, Te Ātiawa, Ngā Ruahine) is reflective of designs used by Māori to decorate wharenui (ceremonial communal houses), clothing, objects and architectural spaces.



David Clegg <em>Café Bräunerhof, Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, 29 May 2016</em> detail from loca projects 2016. Courtesy of the artist
David Clegg: loca projects / correction
  • 5 Aug — 5 Nov 2017
  • Gallery 1

loca projects / correction is an archive of fragments collected from drifts through real and imagined urban landscapes, presented here as a simple walk through the galleries and spaces where the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre meet.

Len Lye's kinetic sculpture <em>Universe</em> 1976. Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre. Photo Bryan James
Len Lye: Happy Moments
  • 5 Aug — 3 Dec 2017
  • Galleries 2,4,5

Beginning with Lye’s well-known kinetic masterpiece Universe and its appearance in Bounding Steel Sculpture in 1965 at the Howard Wise Gallery, Manhattan, we take a journey through the events, screenings and exhibitions of Lye’s career from his London and early New York years.

Artworks in transit 2017. Photo Matt White
Work in Progress
  • 12 Aug — 7 Sep 2017
  • Gallery 3

You’ll see the registrars, art handlers, curators, photographers and guest conservators working to prepare artworks for exhibition and long-term care.

Ralph Hotere <em>Black Painting 1: Red on Black</em> 1968-1969. brolite lacquer on hardboard. Govett-Brewster Collection. Image courtesy of the Hotere Foundation Trust
Ralph Hotere Black Paintings 1–7
  • 22 Sep — 3 Dec 2017
  • West ramp

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is dedicated to activating its collection works in ways that build connections between generations of artists and artworks within its exhibitions; and also connects to international events.

Reuben Paterson <em>The Golden Bearing</em> 2014. Photo Bryan James
Reuben Paterson: The Golden Bearing
  • 25 Nov 2017 — 21 Jan 2018
  • Large Works gallery

For the festive season Reuben Paterson’s hand sculpted, gold-glittered tree returns to view, this time in the Large Works gallery.