Ralph Hotere, <i>Our Hearts of Darkness</i>, 2015, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection. Installation view, <i>The scene in which I find myself / Or, where does my body belong</i>, 2019. 
Image: Sam Hartnett.

Ralph Hotere, Our Hearts of Darkness, 2015, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection. Installation view, The scene in which I find myself / Or, where does my body belong, 2019.
Image: Sam Hartnett.

Aspects of Govett-Brewster Collection on show in Christchurch

18 May 2021

If you’re in Christchurch before 25 July, make sure you catch the stunning exhibition Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist) currently on show at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.

The exhibition, curated in a partnership between Christchurch Art Gallery and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, features three works by Ralph Hotere from the Govett-Brewster’s permanent collection.

“The Ātete exhibition is part of a critically important moment for contemporary Māori art in many of New Zealand’s public art museums,” says Govett-Brewster Director Zara Stanhope.

“Over the first few months of this year we saw Te Ao Māori reflected through the eyes and viewpoints of our contemporary artists through Ātete, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s stunningly comprehensive Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art, and our own monumental exhibition of work by the Gallery’s 2019 artist in residence Brett Graham: Tai Moana Tai Tangata.”

“This collective focus on Toi Māori has championed the voices of Māori artists, and has raised many timely questions around the nature of exhibiting institutions in a bi-cultural community, ideas of decolonisation and the role of collections.”

“The ability for the Govett-Brewster to support this important exhibition with works from its collection underscores the significance of maintaining a permanent collection and ensuring that collections hold a diverse and deep selection of works by contemporary artists across many generations.”

Read more about Ātete bellow:
The Exhibition Listing.
The Bulletin.

Ralph Hotere, <i>Our Hearts of Darkness</i>, 2015, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection.

Ralph Hotere, Our Hearts of Darkness, 2015, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection.