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Exhibitions and Events for February 2003


Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki Exhibitions and Events for February 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. Until 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

Saints and Seraphs This exhibition features beautiful works from the Gallery’s collection. 8 February – 25 May 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 Workspace on Wellesley Street. Until 16 February 2003 Admission Charge

Window Work

Michel Tuffery (See above details) Until 16 February 2003

Glen Haywood (Details yet to come) 22 February – 25 May 2003

February Events

Saturday 1 February 2.00pm Two Emperors: China’s Ancient Origins IN CONTEXT Jiecheng: the art of knotting Join us in the exhibition Two Emperors as Wang Ping demonstrates the amazing art of Chinese knotting.

Sunday 2 February 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 6 February 1.00pm Two Emperors: China’s Ancient Origins IN CONTEXT Dr Manyung Ip Legalism: Behavioral Science and State Power of the Qin. Legalism was China's first state philosophy. The State of Qin used it successfully to unify all China. Based on the premise that all humans were born evil or imperfect, the philosophy advocated strict laws and punishments to keep everyone in his proper place. It was Legalism that gave China its famously efficient bureaucracy ...and much more.

Saturday 8 February 3.00pm Two Emperors: China’s Ancient Origins IN RESPONSE - Tai Chi Chuan Introduction to Tai Chi Chuan – mediation in movement originated by the Taoist monks around 2,500 years ago

Sunday 9 February 2.00 – 3.30pm Two Emperors: China’s Ancient Origins IN RESPONSE – Chinese Painting Join Chan Wan Yiu in the exhibition, Two Emperors, for an demonstration on the art of Chinese painting.

Thursday 13 February 1.00pm IN CONVERSATION Kate Gallagher and Fatu Feu’u. Kate Gallagher completed her Master Dissertation on Fatu Feu’u. Join her as she discusses, with Fatu, his work in his exhibition ‘O le Tautai Samoa.

Friday 14 February 6.00pm - Midnight Two Emperors: China’s Ancient Origins LANTERN FESTIVAL LATE NIGHT OPENING Make a night of it - Take advantage of our late night opening of Two Emperors and the Lantern Festival.

Saturday 15 February 11.00am Two Emperors: China’s Ancient Origins IN RESPONSE - Tai Chi Chuan Introduction to Tai Chi Chuan– mediation in movement originated by the Taoist monks around 2,500 years ago

Saturday 15 February 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.

Saturday 15 February 6.00pm – Midnight Two Emperors: China’s Ancient Origins LANTERN FESTIVAL LATE NIGHT OPENING Make a night of it - take advantage of our late night opening of Two Emperors and the Lantern festival

Sunday 16 February 3.00pm – 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

Sunday 16 February 6.00pm – Midnight Two Emperors: China’s Ancient Origins LANTERN FESTIVAL LATE NIGHT OPENING Make a night of it - take advantage of our late night opening of Two Emperors and the Lantern festival

Thursday 20 February 1.00pm Two Emperors: China’s Ancient Origins IN CONTEXT Dr Manyung Ip - Confucianism: Pragmatic Humanism of the Han. Confucianism is a human centred, family centred, highly pragmatic school of thought. Its values of loyalty and propriety seem so mundane that people have questioned whether it should be classified as "philosophy". The Han Emperors made the Confucian classics the required syllabus of the civil service examination, a practice that continued right up to 1905. The pragmatic humanism of the Han not only influenced China, but the ancient states in Korea, Japan and Vietnam as well. In recent years, the economic miracle of the so called "Four Little Dragons" has been attributed to Confucianism. How much truth is there?

Saturday 22 February 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 23 February 3.00pm IN RESPONSE ‘O le Tautai Samoa Join us for a performance by the students of the acclaimed St Paul’s College Samoan Group in the exhibition of Fatu Feu’u ‘O le Tautai Samoa.

Thursday 27 February 1.00pm Fatu Feu’u ‘O le Tautai Samoa IN CONTEXT –Caroline Vercoe and Pacific Art and Fatu Feu’u Caroline Vercoe is a lecturer in Art History at Auckland University. She teaches courses in Pacific art and postcolonial theory. She will discuss Fatu Feu’u’s work within a wider visual context, focusing on the influence of art forms such as tatau and tapa. She will also make connections between his art practice and other contemporary artists’ work.


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