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Exhibitions and Events for January 2003

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki Exhibitions and Events for January 2003

Main Gallery Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki Daily Phone 307 7700

Two Emperors: China’s Ancient Origins A rare exhibition of archaeological treasures from the extremely formative period of the two major emperors in China, Qin Shihuang and Han Jingdi. Two Emperors: China’s ancient origins comprises life-size terracotta sculptures of an underground army from the two emperors’ tombs and other treasures from the Warring States Period and the early Han, to recreate the richness and splendour of this time in Chinese history. 21 December – 9 March 2003 Admission Charge

From dusk till dawn An exhibition which takes a look at the fascinating tradition of nocturnal scenes in art from the 16th century through to the present day. Until 2 March 2003 Free Entry

Colin McCahon’s Titirangi An exhibition which centres around the recently gifted painting Titirangi to the Auckland Art Gallery Collection and gathers together many unseen paintings from a relatively unknown period in Colin McCahon’s oeuvre. Until 1 February 2003 Free Entry

Sea Knowing Island Looking A visual conversation between contemporary and historical art traditions from the Chartwell and Gallery collections, including the work of John Pule, Ani O’Neil, Bill Hammond and others. Permanent Exhibition Free Entry

Pacific Harbours This exhibition showcases the Gallery’s diverse collection of images on this theme. Permanent Exhibition Free Entry

A tale to tell In the wake of Love & Death: Art in the age of Queen Victoria, the Gallery is highlighting its own Victorian collection in A tale to tell. Nineteenth century painters loved to depict a moment in a narrative drawn from history, literature or the society of their own time. Many Victorian paintings were constructed so that the spectator could complete the narrative in their own way. Until 12 October 2003 Free Entry

New Gallery Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki Open: 10am-5pm daily Phone 307 7700

Recent Contemporary Acquisitions Recent Contemporary Acquisitions is a small survey of collecting in the contemporary area. Artists represented include Yuk King Tan, Michel Tuffery, Dani Marti, Niki Hastings-McFall, Terry Urbahn, Reuben Paterson and Elizabeth Thomson. Until 9 February 2003 Free Entry

Fatu Feu’u ‘O le Tautai Samoa Fatu Feu’u ‘O le Tautai offers a concise introduction to this internationally renowned Samoan/New Zealand artist’s paintings, sculpture and prints produced over the past twenty years. Fatu Feu’u blends the traditional and the contemporary, the indigenous and the diasporic to explore symbolic and visual narratives. Until 30 March 2003 Admission Charge

Birds: Arrivals and Departures Looks at the way that Maori and Pakeha New Zealanders have imaged birds through painting, sculpture and video art. Until 16 February 2003 Admission Charge

Mata Mata A strikingly innovative installation by highly regarded Pacific Island artist Michel Tuffery. Tuffery will transform the Gallery lightwell into a virtual aquarium inhabited by a shoal of giant sculptural tuna ‘swimming’ through the space. Reflecting the artist’s interest in international initiatives to combat poaching in the world’s oceans, some of the fish will be fitted with mini surveillance cameras. Viewers’ responses to the work will be recorded and broadcast on monitors in the Window Work space on Wellesley Street. Until 16 February 2003 Admission Charge

Window Work

Michel Tuffery (See above details) Until 16 February 2003

January Events

Saturday 11 January 3.00pm Two Emperors: China’s Ancient Origins IN RESPONSE Tai Chi Chuan An introduction to Tai Chi Chuan – mediation in movement originated by the Taoist monks around 2,500 years ago

Sunday 12 January 2.00 – 3.30pm Two Emperors: China’s Ancient Origins IN CONTEXT Calligraphy Join Chan Wan Yiu in the exhibition for an informative and engaging demonstration on the interesting origin of some ancient and modern Chinese characters

Sunday 19 January 3.00 – 4.30pm Two Emperors: China’s Ancient Origins IN CONCERT Enjoy the exhibition with traditional Chinese music and song. Sessions between 3.00 – 4.30pm

Thursday 23 January 1.00pm Birds: Arrivals and Departures CURATORS’ INSIGHT Ngahiraka Mason, Indiginous Curator, Mario Art and Roger Taberner, Curator Education, will discuss some of the themes in the exhibition Birds: Arrivals and Departures.

Saturday 25 January 3.00pm Two Emperors: China’s Ancient Origins IN CONTEXT Kung Fu & The Two Emperors Join us for a demonstration and insight into Kung Fu – the ancient art of health and self defence associated with the lore of the Shaolin Temple

Sunday 26 January 2.00 – 3.30pm Two Emperors: China’s Ancient Origins IN CONTEXT Calligraphy Join Chan Wan Yiu in the exhibition for an informative and engaging demonstration on Hui Chun – the blessing words for the Chinese Lunar New Year

Thursday 30 January 2.00pm Two Emperors: China’s Ancient Origins IN CONTEXT Cha-yi: the art of tea Join Wang Ping in the exhibition Two Emperors as she guides us through the ancient Chinese art of preparing and serving tea.

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