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May Highlights @ Te Papa

May highlights @ Te Papa
Kia ora! Welcome to Te Papa, New Zealand's bold and innovative national museum.

This month, enjoy lively events that spotlight the inspiring exhibition Holbein to Hockney: Drawings from the Royal Collection. Te Papa Curator Victoria Robson will discuss these marvellous drawings by great artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. In the Amphitheatre.

See talented local artists drawing from a live model on the Marae. Knowledgeable Hosts will give guided tours of this superb exhibition.

Closing on 29 May, Out on the Street: New Zealand in the 1970s reveals how this tumultuous decade shifted the course of our history. Toi Te Papa: Art of the Nation 1940 - today and the related Works on paper 1940-60 showcase the nation's most significant artworks.

For movie lovers, the Pacific Film Festival promises some rare screenings of classics from our region.

Stimulating lectures illuminate two beautiful exhibitions. World-renowned textiles historian John Gillow discusses Wrapping up - Shawls, Veils, Cloaks, and Covers, in conjunction with Shawls: the elegant drape. Acclaimed clay artist Manos Nathan (Nga Toko Rimu | Contemporary Clayworks) gives an illustrated lecture.

Hey kids! Find out about strange and wonderful deep-sea creatures in a Discovery Hour with Crustacea/Invertebrates Curator Rick Webber. Activities in the Discovery Centres offer all the family a chance to be creative.


Holbein to Hockney: Drawings from the Royal

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Maori Showbands
The people, the sounds, the look, the sensational performing style - experience an exraordinary musical era in Maori Showbands, Te Papa's first online exhibition. Visit to explore the people and stories behind this phenomenon. Discover the enduring appeal of some of New Zealand's most magnetic entertainers.
Qui Tutto Bene: The Italians in New Zealand
Te Papa and the Italian community combine to present a fresh and fascinating look at what it means to be Italian in New Zealand. Qui Tutto Bene is an exploration of the colourful history and wonderfully diverse influence of this small vibrant community.
Until March 2007. Level 4. Free entry.

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Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation: 1940-today
Showcasing over 100 of the nation's most significant artworks and taonga from Te Papa's collections. The first part of a major project, this exhibition includes works by Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere, and Rita Angus. Level 5. Free entry.

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Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation: Works on paper 1940-60
This intriguing selection of works on paper by New Zealand artists illustrates a time of emerging nationalism and experiment in New Zealand art. Another development in the Toi Te Papa project. The Ilott Room, Level 4. Until August 2005. Free entry.

Shawls: the elegant drape
Showcasing the rich textures and exquisite patterns of a selection of shawls from Te Papa's extensive collection. Until September 2005. The Eyelights Gallery, Level 4. Free entry.

Te Awa Tupua: The Whanganui Iwi Exhibition
In partnership with Te Papa, Whanganui iwi present stories and taonga from their unique Whanganui river culture, from Te Kahui Maunga (the mountain clan) to Tangaroa (the sea). The exhibition's central theme is contained in the whakatauako (proverb), 'E rere kau mai te awa nui mai Te Kahui Maunga ki Tangaroa, ko au te awa ko te awa ko au.' (The great river flows from the mountain clan to Tangaroa, I am the river; the river is me).
Until May 2006. Level 4. Free entry.

Wild Design: A fresh look at nature
Enjoy a visual feast of photographs, objects, and artworks that bring you up close to design in the natural world. Until late 2005. Level 3. Free entry.

Nga Toko Rima | Contemporary clayworks
Out of the creation stories of fire, water, and earth, five leading Maori artists create powerful new works in clay. Until September 2005. The Terrace, Level 6. Free entry.

Throughout May
Holbein to Hockney: Drawings from the Royal Collection - guided tours
Saturday & Sunday 1pm-2pm, Thursday 6.30pm-7.30pm. With a knowledgeable Host, find out more about these amazing works by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and D¸rer. Meet your Host at the entrance to the exhibition. The TOWER Gallery, Level 4. Cost $15, including admission.


Sunday 1
11am-12 noon: Create your own picture frame. Inspiration Station, Level 4. Cost $2.

Sunday 1
1pm-2pm: Nga Toko Rima | Contemporary Clayworks lecture. Renowned New Zealand clay artist Manos Nathan presents an illustrated lecture and discusses the ideas and inspirations for his work. In conjunction with the exhibition Nga Toko Rima on Level 6. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

Saturday 7
11am-12 noon: Make a Pasifika jandal brooch. PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4. Cost $2.

1pm-2pm: Wososi from the Wellington World Choir. Hear these singers from the Wellington World Choir perform beautiful works from around the globe. Wellington Foyer, Level 2, and The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Sunday 8
11am-12 noon: Make a Mother's Day card. Inspiration Station, Level 4. Cost $2.

12 noon-1pm: North Shore Ladies Choir. See this award-winning choir perform a variety of works, from classical pie

Sunday 15
11am-12 noon: Make a bamboo wind chime. NatureSpace, Level 2. Cost $2.

11am-3pm: Greater Wellington Marine Model Club display. See amazingly detailed, hand-built model boats. If the weather is fine, you'll see them in action too! Amphitheatre, Level 1. (Wet weather venue, Wellington Foyer, Level 2.) Free entry.

Saturday 21

12 noon-2pm: Life Drawing - Artists at Work. See talented local artists drawing from a live model using a range of drawing materials. Ask questions and watch the transformation of white paper to portrait. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

11am-12 noon: Make a beautiful tiare (Cook Islands flower). Planet Pasifika, Level 4. Cost $2.

2pm-3pm: Holbein to Hockney: Drawings from the Royal Collection. Find out more about these inspiring works, by artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and D¸rer, from Te Papa's Curator of Art and Visual Culture, Victoria Robson.

Sunday 22
11am-12 noon: Decorate your own seedling pot. NatureSpace, Level 2. Cost $2.

1pm-2pm: Odd Bods from the Deep. Kids! Find out about deep-sea creatures, including crabs, jellyfish, and other animals that are stranger than fiction. With Te Papa's Curator Crustacea/Invertebrates, Rick Webber. NatureSpace, Level 2. Free entry.

2pm-3pm: Wellington South Salvation Army Band. Come and listen to well-known tunes from this great local brass band. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

Thursday 26

6.30pm-7.30pm: Wrapping up - Shawls, Veils, Cloak

Come along to rare screenings of classic films from the Pacific. Look out for the flyer or for more details. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. All films free entry.

Sunday 29
Polynesian Flavas - A Pacific Film Festival
Come along to rare screenings of classic films from the Pacific. Look out for the flyer or check for more details. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. All films free entry.

11am-12 noon: Create a colonial thaumatrope (disc toy). Inspiration Station, Level 4. Cost $2.


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