Current Exhibitions

Billy Apple <em>Alterations: The Given as an Art Political Statement</em> 1980, photolithograph. Govett-Brewster 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.

Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid <em>Meshes of the Afternoon</em> 1943 film still. Courtesy Light Cone, Paris
Projection Series #8: The 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: The Long Dream of Waking presents four films that explore states of consciousness existing between sleep and wakefulness, illusion and reality.

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. Info
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. Info
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 in studio with <em>Land and Sea</em> c. 1979. Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Len Lye: Big Bang Theory
  • 16 Dec 2017 — 18 Mar 2018
  • Gallery 5

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
  • 30 Dec 2017 — 30 Mar 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 — 15 Apr 2018
  • Large Works gallery

A seminal work in Lye’s career, Blade is a fan-favourite and has been a highlight of the Govett-Brewster's programme since Lye’s homecoming exhibition Kinetic Works in 1977.

Fredrik Nilsen <em>Documentation of Ma at Chateau Shatto</em> 2016-17. Courtesy of Fiona Connor and Fredrik Nilsen
Fiona Connor: Object Classrooms
  • 21 Feb — 28 Apr 2018
  • Gallery 1

In 1973 a crate of artworks was sent to New Zealand from Los Angeles for the touring exhibition State of Californian Painting. The exhibition included a work by John McLaughlin, which became influential in its own right.

Don Peebles <em>Painting No.9</em> 1969, acrylic on canvas. Govett-Brewster Collection
Abstractions: Works from the Govett-Brewster Collection
  • 10 Mar — 29 Apr 2018
  • Galleries 2,3,4

It connects the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection to Fiona Connor’s new commission, Object Classrooms, presented in Gallery 1, and also gives our audience the chance to see a broad range of formal, abstract works from the 1970s to today.