Current Exhibitions

Karin Hofko <em>Self-titled</em> 2011, film still, digital video
Projection Series #6: A Little Faith
  • 6 May — 24 Jun 2017
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema

A Little Faith examines the pitfalls of trust. As confidence in political systems plummets worldwide, what alternative belief systems might we choose to explore?

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 — 30 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.



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.