Current Exhibitions

Len Lye, Drawing for <i>Convolutions</i>, 1964, Len Lye Foundation.
Len Lye: Convolutions
  • 4 Dec 2021 — 8 May 2022
  • Len Lye Centre

Alternatively known as Wall Serpent or Wall Motion Sculpture, Convolutions is among Len Lye’s most intriguing large-scale kinetic sculptures, closer in spirit to the organic forms of his experimental film Tusalava (1929) and his biomorphic paintings of the 1930s than his typical kinetic sculpture of the 1960s.

Matt Pine, <i>'F' Series no.2 - Impressions on Gate Pā (excavations)</i>, 1979 - 2021 (realised by the Parekōwhai studio), installation image, Gallery 1, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Image: Bryan James.
Swallowing Geography
  • 8 Oct 2021 — 13 Feb 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.

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 — 31 Jul 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.

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.