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Len Lye: Agiagiā opens

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5 December 2013

Len Lye: Agiagiā opens

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An exhibition of internationally acclaimed New Zealand born artist Len Lye will open at the Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku on Saturday 14 December.

Len Lye: Agiagiā open until mid-March 2014, is the first showcase of Lye’s work in south Auckland and is co-curated by Auckland Council and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.

James Pinker, Auckland Council Arts and Culture Senior Programme Leader says that Agiagiā is a collection Lye's work including experimental film, kinetic sculpture, drawing and photography - with a focus on the artist’s early work during the 1920s.

“We are excited to be able to host Len Lye: Agiagiā. Most of his work is normally housed at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth so it is a fantastic opportunity to be able to show these works here in Auckland,” he says.

Pinker adds that “Lye was one of the first Pākehā artists to appreciate indigenous cultures around the world and he was a true innovator. This exhibition focuses attention on Lye’s fusion of European modernism with his own distinctly local vision and is definitely worth a visit.”

Len Lye: Agiagiā is supported by the Len Lye Foundation and the New Zealand Film Archive Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua and funded by the Māngere – Ōtāhuhu Local Board.

Len Lye: Agiagiā
Saturday 14 December 2013 – Sunday 16 March 2014
Māngere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
Weekends, 10am - 4pm
Public holidays, closed


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