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Climate Issues And Art Combine In Two Exhibitions

16 May 2008


Climate Issues And Art Combine In Two International Exhibitions At Te Papa From 5 June

In honour of the annual United Nations World Environment Day (WED) celebrations on 5 June, the Natural World Museum (NWM) and Te Papa are pleased to present Moving Towards a Balanced Earth: Kick the Carbon Habit in partnership with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Ministry for the Environment, and the New Zealand Government.

Featuring the work of 27 artists representing 20 countries, the exhibition aims to generate awareness of global climate change, with an emphasis on moving towards a low carbon economy. Through photographs, paintings, sculpture, video and conceptual installations, the artists find new ways to articulate the Earth in balance, and explore new visions and choices for a sustainable world.

Curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg of the NWM, Moving Towards a Balanced Earth: Kick the Carbon Habit includes Australian artist Susan Norrie’s artwork startling video projection of environmental devastation and dream-like desert imagery by Bill Viola of the USA. Moroccan artist Mounir Fatmi questions the permanence of the city, as symbol of civilisation, with a high-rise skyline made from video cassettes that reveals vulnerability through unravelled videotape.

Visitors also have an opportunity to see New Zealand artists’ responses to the exhibition’s theme. Pathway to the Sea – 1991 by Ralph Hotere and Bill Culbert was a protest against the proposed aluminium smelter at Aramoana near Dunedin. The 13 lithographs displayed in the exhibition are an extension of the original installation, depicting the natural beauty of the Otago Harbour and its relationship to the man-made world. Other works featured include Alison Clouston’s Diamond Python 2007 and Copperhead 2007 and Geoff Dixon’s Large Takahe Diptych with Sparrow/Found, 2008.

This Moving Towards a Balanced Earth: Kick the Carbon Habit season in Wellington is also proudly supported by the Wellington City Council and HP (Hewlett Packard) through their longstanding association with Te Papa.

Te Papa is also hosting a display from the 17th International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment. Organised by UNEP, the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment, Bayer and Nikon Corporation, the competition solicited 15,500 entries from children worldwide. Proudly supported by the Ministry for the Environment, Te Papa’s Inspiration Station on Level 4 will display 64 of the winning entries from 6 June – August 2008.

A press preview of Moving Towards a Balanced Earth: Kick the Carbon Habit will be held on 4 June between 11am and 1pm, please contact Jane Keig on 04 381 7083 to confirm attendance.

Moving Towards a Balanced Earth: Kick the Carbon Habit

5 June 2008 – 1 January 2009

Level 4, Te Papa

Free entry

17th International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment

6 June – 31 August 2008

Inspiration Station, Level 4

Te Papa

Free entry


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