Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


RISE exhibition most successful in Museum’s history

27 January 2014

Canterbury Museum is celebrating RISE as the most successful exhibition ever held.

More than 100,000 visitors have been through the street art exhibition in the six weeks since it opened on 20 December last year.

Museum Director Anthony Wright says 112,385 visitors had been recorded when the Museum closed on Sunday 26 January, and explains that the popularity of the show may be highlighting a cultural change taking place in Christchurch.

“Broadly speaking, post-earthquakes there seems to have been a subtle movement in Christchurch’s sometimes conservative mindset,” he says. “RISE is a prime example of the wider community’s support for change and innovation in Christchurch. As the rebuild ramps up, more people are thinking outside the square and taking calculated risks with positive results. The community seems to be welcoming new ideas with open arms, which is great.”

RISE, which profiles the best of street art from New Zealand and around the world, including original works by British artist Banksy, is exhibited across three levels within the Museum with the latest art installation by Belgian artist ROA just completed in the Bird Hall.

“ROA’s moa on the exterior north wall of the Museum has proved really popular, so we asked him if he would like to paint the ceiling of the Bird Hall inside. You can imagine our excitement when he said yes!”

RISE runs until 23 March and Mr Wright expects visitor numbers to remain high until the exhibition closes.

“We’re expecting good visitation from domestic and international tourists to Christchurch in the next few weeks. The word has got out -RISE is New Zealand’s must-see exhibition this summer,” he says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Howard Davis: Never Too Old To Rock & Roll - Jethro Tull

As Greil Marcus recently observed in an NYRB review of Robbie Robertson's autobiographical Testimony, in rock and roll there is always an origin story. In the case of Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson, he claims to have been influenced by his father's big band and jazz record collections and the emergence of rock music in the 1950s, but became disenchanted with the "show biz" style of early US stars like Elvis Presley... More>>

October: Alice Cooper Returns To NZ

It was March 1977 when Alice Cooper undertook his first ever concert tour of New Zealand – and broke attendance records. 40 years on and this revered entertainer continues to surprise and exude danger at every turn, thrilling audiences globally! More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: The Contemporary Relevance Of Denial

Denial has all the hallmarks of a riveting courtroom drama. Based on a 1996 British libel case that author David Irving brought against Lipstadt, the movie has been criticized as flat and stagey, but it nonetheless conveys a visceral clarity of vision and sense of overwhelming urgency. More>>

Obituary: John Clarke Dies Aged 68

Andrew Little: “I grew up with Fred Dagg and I am devastated by John Clarke’s death. He taught us to laugh at ourselves and more importantly laugh at our politicians.” More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis: Colin McCahon's 'on Going Out With The Tide'

Curated by Wystan Curnow and Robert Leonard, On Going Out with the Tide features major works that have been assembled from public and private collections across New Zealand and Australia. It focusses on McCahon’s evolving engagement with Māori subjects and themes, ranging from early treatments of koru imagery to later history paintings which refer to Māori prophets and investigate land-rights issues. More>>

Howard Davis: Rodger Fox Gets Out The Funk

By now a living New Zealand legend, band leader and trombonist Rodger Fox has performed with some of the biggest names in the jazz business, including Louie Bellson, Bill Reichenbach, Chuck Findley, Randy Crawford, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bruce Paulson, Diane Schuur, Arturo Sandoval, David Clayton-Thomas, and Joe Williams, to name only a few. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news