Current Exhibitions

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.

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
  • 6 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 Tyler Cann
Len Lye: Happy Moments
  • 5 Aug — 26 Nov 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.

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.



Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid <em>Meshes of the Afternoon</em> 1943. Courtesy Light Cone
Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking
  • 11 Nov — 24 Dec 2017
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema

Inspired by a Len Lye poem of the same title, Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking presents four films that explore the liminal states of consciousness existing between sleep and wakefulness, actual and illusory.

Billy Apple <em>Alterations: The Given as an Art Political Statement</em> 1980, photolithograph. Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection
Billy Apple: Further Alterations
  • 18 Nov 2017 — 11 Feb 2018
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Since its permanent installation and acquisition for the Govett-Brewster Collection in 1980 Billy Apple’s Altered Staircase has been ‘re-altered’ on two occasions linked to renovations and changes of the Govett-Brewster’s architecture.

Reuben Paterson <em>The Golden Bearing</em> 2014
Reuben Paterson: The Golden Bearing
  • 25 Nov 2017 — 28 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.

Len Lye in studio with <em>Land and Sea</em> c. 1979. Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Big Bang Theory
  • 16 Dec 2017 — 18 Mar 2018
  • Gallery 3

The definitive multimedia artist, Len Lye was a prolific painter throughout his career.

Len Lye <em>Musical Poster #1</em> 1940, film still. Courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation. From material preserved and made available by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
Projection Series #9: Len Lye’s Jazz
  • 23 Dec 2017 — 1 Jun 2018
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema

Len Lye carries the Projection Series into 2018 with an accent on the offbeat in Len Lye’s Jazz, a showcase of the filmmaker’s experimental films driven by jazz soundtracks.

Len Lye's <em>Blade</em>, in the exhibition <em>All Souls Carnival</em> 2011 at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photo Trevor Read
Len Lye: Blade
  • 6 Feb 2018 — Ongoing
  • Large Works gallery

A long-time favourite returns to the Govett-Brewster in early 2018 in Len Lye’s Blade.