Current Exhibitions

Len Lye, <i>Rainbow Dance</i>, 1936. Courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation and The British Postal Museum & Archive. From material preserved and made available by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.
Len Lye: Rainbow Dance
  • 14 Aug 2021 — 27 Mar 2022
  • Upper ramp and Gallery 5

Rainbow Dance surveys Len Lye’s multimedia practice over his fifty-year career with essential, must-see film and sculptural works together with lesser known and recently conserved works from the Len Lye Foundation collection and archive completing the picture of one of Aotearoa’s most important artists.

Len Lye, Wand Dance, 2019
Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Photo: Bryan James
Len Lye: Wand Dance
  • 17 Apr — 14 Nov 2021
  • Gallery 6

Engineered by the Len Lye Foundation with the support of Team Zizz!, Bell Wands brings the experience of Lye's large outdoor works into the Gallery for a thrilling kinetic experience.

WharehokaSmith <em>Kūreitanga II IV</em> 2016, installation view at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Courtesy the artist. Photo Sam Hartnett
WharehokaSmith: Kūreitanga II IV
  • 1 Sep 2016 — Ongoing
  • Todd Energy Learning Centre

A site-specific artwork by Taranaki artist WharehokaSmith, commissioned to rest at the heart of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.



Matt Pine, <i>Impressions of Gate Pa</i>, 1979. Installation Robert McDougal Art Gallery, Christchurch 1979. Image courtesy of Matt Pine & The Matt Pine archive.
Swallowing Geography
  • 8 Oct 2021 — 30 Jan 2022
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery + Len Lye Centre Hallway

Swallowing Geography is an exhibition that explores our relationship with land and place. It is about how we absorb the landscape and our built environment and how we ingest or take in the histories of sites and places both explicit and oblique.