Current Exhibitions

Sriwhana Spong <em>a hook but no fish</em> 2017, film still. Courtesy of the artist and Michael Lett
Sriwhana Spong: a hook but no fish
  • 12 May — 22 Jul 2018
  • Galleries 1, 2, 3, 4

Sriwhana Spong, who is based in London, is the 2018 Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Aotearoa New Zealand Artist in Residence.

Len Lye inspecting 16mm film reel, c.1975. Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Free Radicals: Cinema on the Wrong Side of the Tracks
  • 12 May — 22 Jul 2018
  • Gallery 5

From his vibrant colour experiments of the 1930s through to his ‘scratch film’ experiments in the 1950s, the work of Len Lye inspires and leads a survey of modern and contemporary experimental cinema framed around his 1963 challenge: 'Is Film Art?'.

Para Matchitt <em>Whakapapa IV</em> 1987. 
Govett-Brewster Collection. Photo Sam Hartnett
Para Matchitt: Whakapapa IV
  • 10 Mar — 22 Jul 2018
  • West ramp

Purchased by the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in 1988, Whakapapa IV is part of a series of works produced in 1987 exploring the geometries and symmetries of whare whakairo (carved meeting houses).

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. Info


Len Lye <em>Moon Bead</em> 1968. Photo Bryan James
Len Lye: Heaven and Earth
  • 4 Aug — 18 Nov 2018
  • Galleries 2,3,4

This exhibition explores the environments that inspired Lye’s sense of wonder, from the crashing waves of his New Zealand childhood to the marvels of the heavens, both the scientific and mythic.

Peggy Ahwesh <em>The Blackest Sea</em> 2016, film still. Courtesy artist and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York
Projection Series #11: An Oceanic Feeling
  • 4 Aug — 18 Nov 2018
  • Gallery 1, Mezzanine, Len Lye Centre Cinema

Through a series of screenings of recent film from around the world, An Oceanic Feeling explores how the seas are thoroughly imbricated in human histories of colonialism, slavery, exploration and labour.

Len Lye <em>Grass</em> 1961-1965. Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.
Sensory Agents
  • 4 Aug — 18 Nov 2018
  • Gallery 5, and East and West ramps

Work by Len Lye alongside installations and new commissions by Yuko Mohri (JP), Sergei Tcherepnin (US) and Danae Valenza (AU), three international artists working across sculpture, sound and musical composition.