Artworks in transit 2017. Photo Matt White

Artworks in transit 2017. Photo Matt White


19 Aug — 7 Sep 2017

Work in Progress

Over three weeks we bring museum work from behind the scenes into one of our gallery spaces
You’ll see the registrars, art handlers, curators, photographers and guest conservators working to prepare artworks for exhibition and long-term care.

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These works include nine large-scale un-stretched canvases that Len Lye painted in the last years of his life. Part of a suite of 12 paintings that Lye intended to be shown together, these will be exhibited here for the first time, in December.

At the request of Hastings City Art Gallery, which is staging a major Don Driver exhibition in 2018, Driver’s masterwork Produce (1982) will be prepared for exhibition by guest textile conservators. One of many artworks in the Govett-Brewster Collection made from non-art materials, Produce presents a range of conservation and storage challenges, not least its size. 

The objects in Christine Hellyar’s Dagger cupboard (1981) – recently displayed in the exhibition All Line Converge (2016/17) – need assessment and re-housing for longevity before they’re returned to collection storage.

Poutiaki Taonga (Curator Taonga Maori) at Puke Ariki Museum, Kararaina Te Ira, will be carrying out textile conservation work on a New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax) cloak from Puke Ariki’s collection.