Current Exhibitions

Artworks in transit 2017. Photo Matt White
Work in Progress
  • 19 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.

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.



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.