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Te Papa's Exhibitions And Events Programme - April

Te Papa's Exhibitions And Events Programme - April 2001

Gianni Versace: The Reinvention of Material (7 April - 15 July 2001)

This stunning exhibition highlights the breathtaking creativity of one of the world's most influential and celebrated designers - Gianni Versace. Curated by the late Richard Martin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Chiara Buss of the Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, this exhibition features over 150 of his greatest works, including clothing, fabrics, original sketches, and photographs.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience the famous dresses that adorned the stars and learn more about Versace the artist: the incredibly skilled technician whose vast knowledge of fabric and form turned the fashion world on its head.

Adults $9.00 Concession $6.50

The TOWER Gallery and The Boulevard

Sponsored by Air New Zealand

MIND MUSCLE MACHINE (7 - 22 April 2001)

>From slot car action to Olympic sports! We celebrate the mental effort that goes into winning, as well as the powerful machines that make it possible, whether leading-edge pieces of technology, or finely tuned human bodies.

Exhibition highlights include: * Paralympian Ben Lucas's racing lightweight aluminium alloy chair.

* Rob Waddell's gold-medal-winning skiff that he used at the Sydney Olympics.

* Sarah Ulmer's pursuit bike.

* Olympian Dean Kent's Fastskin swimsuit

The thrill of racing comes in all sizes, and the dynamic world of slot car racing is also featured in Mind Muscle Machine. The Wellington Slot Car Club will set up their racing track and visitors are invited to try their hand at this skilful sport. You can see the experts battle it out during the Wellington Slot Car Championships being held at Te Papa on Easter Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. A drag car strip will also be set up allowing visitors the experience of racing hand-controlled cars at high speeds along a straight track.

Free entry.

PARTNERS IN TIME: Art and the Treaty (12 April - late June)

An artistic exploration of the continuing dialogue between Mäori and Päkehä. Partners in Time presents 21 works from Te Papa's collection. The exhibition consists of three suites of work by William Dunning, Max Hailstone and a selection from the Muka portfolio of 20 artists as well as a one free standing sculpture by Michael Parekowhai.

Free entry.

Punkulture: Images from a Music Revolution (Until 27 May 2001)

>From conditions of social decay in the 1970s, Punk flowered. Or should that be glowered? Punks glared, and spat out their anti-establishment message. 'Bad' language, crude playing, provocative lyrics, and piercings were the shock tactics they used to shake the system down to its foundations. In the process, they revitalised popular music. Punk soon spread from its home base in England to other parts of the globe. Included in this exhibition is an exciting Kiwi Punk component.

Punkulture celebrates in words, pictures, fashion, and music the social phenomenon that was Punk. The Ericsson Zone, Level 4 Admission free.

Sponsored by Ericsson.

QUAKE BRAKER Venture underground as Te Papa itself becomes an exhibit, with the opening of Quake Braker. This is your chance to see some of the 152 base isolators Te Papa sits on, and to learn how these New Zealand inventions make Te Papa a safer place, should an earthquake strike.Outside by the Main Entrance. Free entry.

Proudly sponsored by EQC and IGNS.

NIEUW-ZEELAND - GOING DUTCH (Until January 2002) Te Papa's second Community Gallery exhibition focuses on the Dutch Community in New Zealand, and tells the moving stories of some of the approximately 100,000 New Zealanders of Dutch descent. Nieuw- Zeeland - Going Dutch shows a vibrant community that has greatly enriched our culture. The Community Gallery, Level 4.

Admission free.

Proudly sponsored by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Heineken, Shell NZ, ABN Amro NZ and chello.

TE AUPOURI (Until October 2001) Te Aupouri, an iwi from the far north of Aotearoa, tell their gutsy and compelling story of survival. This exhibition includes fascinating history, exciting contemporary art, and beautiful carving. Level 4

Admission free.

EVENTS: GIANT TE PAPA EASTER EGG TRAIL Tuesday 10 April - Monday 16 April Take part in the Giant Te Papa Trail and enter to win the Giant Te Papa Easter Egg. The 4-foot tall chocolate Easter treat is on display in the Wellington Foyer, Level 2.

VERSACE LECTURE SERIES Thursday 12 April 6.30 -7.30pm In association with Gianni Versace: The Reinvention of Material exhibition. In Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Te Papa presents an illustrated series of FREE lectures given by specialists in textile design, fashion, and couture. Today's lecture: 'World Textiles as Fashion.' Many of the world's great designers, like Gianni Versace, draw inspiration from the textiles, costumes, and history of other cultures. Join world-renowned textile historian John Gillow as he talks about and shows examples of 'ethnic' fashion, which are a major form of self-expression in many cultures. Bookings not necessary but seats are limited to 328.

CAPITAL MODEL RACERS CLUB Friday 13 April 1pm - 5pm Come and spend a racy afternoon with the Capital Model Racers Club as they demonstrate their radio-controlled cars. With mini cars, saloon cars, and Formula One races, racing zooms off at 1pm! In the Amphitheatre, Level 1.

WELLINGTON SLOTCAR CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 14 - 16 April 10am - 6pm Watch the experts in action as they compete in races of speed and endurance for the championship title. In the Level 3 Gallery.

STRIKE AT TE PAPA Saturday 14 April 1pm - 2pm New Zealand's leading contemporary percussion group, Strike, pushes the bounds of percussion performance - always to considerable acclaim and always to the surprise and delight of their audiences. Don't miss them! In the Wellington Foyer, Level 2.

AMERICANA CAR DISPLAY Sunday 15 April 10am - 6pm Don't miss this display of American cars. They range from pre-World War II to the present day, and include Mustangs, Pontiacs, Ford V8s, Chevrolets, and many more! In Te Papa Plaza. (weather dependent)

SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR ROB WADDELL Sunday 15 April 11.30am - 12.30pm Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet and listen to New Zealand's Sportsperson of the Year, Olympic gold-medal-winner Rob Waddell. He will talk about his sporting achievements and what drives him to succeed. You can also have a look at his gold medal! On Te Marae, Level 4.

KAPA HAKA GROUP TE WHANGANUI-A-TARA Sunday 15 April 1.30pm - 2pm See kapa haka group Te Whanganui-a-Tara perform an entertaining programme of Maori song and dance. On Te Marae, Level 2.

PUNKULTURE HAIR AND MAKE-UP DAY Monday 16 April 11am - 4pm See outrageous Wellington Hairstylists create sensational hairdos for visitors of all ages - PLUS get a Punk make-over for free! In the Wellington Foyer, Level 2.

VERSACE LECTURE SERIES Thursday 19 April 6.30 - 7.30pm In association with Gianni Versace: The Reinvention of Material exhibition. In Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Te Papa presents an illustrated series of FREE lectures given by specialists in textile design, fashion and couture. Today's lecture: "Such stuff as dreams are made of...". Join Couture desinger, Alison Blain, who will discuss what inspires famous designers such as Gianni Versace. Bookings not necessary but seats are limited to 328.

VERSACE LECTURE SERIES Thursday 26 April, 6.30 - 7.30pm In association with Gianni Versace: The Reinvention of Material exhibition. In Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Te Papa presents an illustrated series of FREE lectures given by specialists in textile design, fashion and couture. Today's lecture: 'Power and Globalisation: the Versace Legend.' Join Massey's Senior Lecturer in Fashion, Sue Thomas, who will give you an insight into the beginnings of the House of Versace, its growth, diversification into accessories and houseware, and the impact of Versace on the fashion world and popular culture. Bookings not necessary but seats are limited to 328.

ANZAC DAY - WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL BEL CANTO Wednesday 25 April 11am - 12noon A one hour performance in the Wellington Foyer of songs to commemorating ANZAC Day. In the Wellington Foyer

C COMPANY TRUST MAORI BATTALION MULTI-MEDIA PRESENTATION Wednesday 25 April 11.30am and 2.30pm Soundings Theatre Acclaimed 1½ hour presentation which lets the audience view the Second World War through the eyes of the 28 Maori Battalion and those they came in contact with. Live performances include the reading of letters, song and a demonstration of Maori use of traditional weapons.

GALLIPOLI: A POST WAR EPIC Wednesday 25 April 1pm-1.30pm Soundings Theatre A 14 minute film by Turkey's leading film maker Mr Selcuk Kizilkayak, presenting images of present day Turkey mixed with historical war footage. Voice over in English of a poem written in 1988 by the current Prime Minister of Turkey. The poem was inspired by the message of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic and Commander of the Turkish forces in Gallipoli, sent in 1934 to the New Zealand and Australian mothers who lost their sons in the Gallipoli battles.

WELLINGTON HAWKES BAY REGIMENTAL BAND Wednesday 25 April 1.30pm-2pm, Wellington Foyer

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