Current Exhibitions

Para Matchitt <em>Whakapapa IV</em> 1987. 
Govett-Brewster Collection. Photo Sam Hartnett
Para Matchitt: Whakapapa IV
  • 10 Mar — 29 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).

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

Abstractions connects the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection to Fiona Connor’s new commission, Object Classrooms, and gives our audience the chance to see a broad range of formal, abstract works from the late-1960s to early-1980s

Photographic documentation of John McLaughlin’s <em>No.4</em> for <em>State of California Painting Catalogue</em> 1972. Courtesy of New Plymouth District Council. Photo Charters and Guthrie
Fiona Connor: Object Classrooms
  • 21 Feb — 29 Apr 2018
  • Gallery 1 and Mezzanine

Los Angeles-based, New Zealand artist Fiona Connor’s exhibition, Object Classrooms, tracks the movement and eventual disappearance of an artwork as it was moved around New Zealand in the mid-1970s. Tracking its mysterious path – through galleries, art institutions and conservation departments – Connor allows the absent painting and its related documentation to create a series of counterpoints between objects, words and architectures.

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
  • 3 Feb — 15 Apr 2018
  • Gallery 6

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.

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 <em>Ribbon Snake</em> 1965. Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Len Lye: Convolutions
  • 19 Dec 2017 — 6 May 2018
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

Ribbon Snake (Convolution) is one of Len Lye’s most unusual kinetic sculptures.

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 — 25 Apr 2018
  • Gallery 5

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

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


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?'.