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

 


Te Papa to display extraordinary artworks destined for UN

Te Papa to display extraordinary New Zealand artworks destined for the United Nations


Visitors to Te Papa will have a rare opportunity to experience a unique exhibition of tukutuku panels reflecting New Zealand stories, values and traditions, before they are installed at the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York.

The panels in Kāhui Rāranga The Art of Tukutuku: New Zealand’s Heart at the United Nations bring together the art of traditional Māori weaving with contemporary New Zealand designs. They have been created by talented weavers from across the country; all members of Te Rōpū Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa (National Collective of Māori Weavers in New Zealand).

The panels will enhance the New Zealand wall at the entrance to the UN’s General Assembly Hall, as part of a wider refurbishment of UN Headquarters. The Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Pita Sharples, is behind the tukutuku project, which will soon allow an international audience to explore works representing a unique cultural heritage.

Te Papa’s Acting Chief Executive and Kaihautū, Arapata Hakiwai, says “The art of tukutuku is highly valued amongst Māori and an important taonga (treasure) for all New Zealanders. Decorated tukutuku panels adorn many meeting houses throughout the country, conveying important relationships of the people and the world around us. These stories will now resonate beyond our own shores, reaching hundreds of thousands of people every year.”

“Thanks to a partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri (the Ministry of Māori Development) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealanders now have the rare opportunity to view the panels before they are sent to New York. They will soon carry our unique Aotearoa, New Zealand identity in a gathering place for all nations,” says Mr Hakiwai. In New York, the tukutuku panels will form part of the backdrop to the international media briefing area immediately outside the UN General Assembly Hall.

The curator leading the exhibition at Te Papa, Matiu Baker, says “These beautiful works will stand as a powerful statement to New Zealand’s unique cultural identity. They will be encountered and appreciated by some of the world’s most influential leaders. I think New Zealanders will take pride in knowing that our cultural icons, our values, and our stories will become a part of the United Nations’ story. They really will become our heart at the United Nations.”

Minister Sharples will join the weavers of the panels at the launch of the exhibition Kāhui Rāranga The Art of Tukutuku: New Zealand’s Heart at the United Nations at Te Papa on the morning of Tuesday 8 July 2014.

Kāhui Rāranga The Art of Tukutuku: New Zealand’s Heart at the United Nations
8 July - 2 November 2014
Te Ihomatua | Gallery on Level 4, Te Papa
Free entry

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Review: Singin’ In The Rain

Singin’ in the Rain , the wet and wonderful musical production all the way from London’s West End, officially opened at St. James Theatre in Wellington. More>>

Francis Cook: Gallipoli: The Scale Of Our War – First Look

Te Papa today allowed media access to their new exhibition Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War . The exhibition was curated with help from Weta Workshop to deliver an immersive, realistic and even disorienting experience. More>>

ALSO:

Bats Theatre: Letters From The Front Brings ANZAC Letters Alive

Inspired by centenary commemorations, improv troupe Best on Tap is producing a show based on real-life letters sent to and from New Zealand soldiers in the First World War. More>>

ALSO:

Publishing: Unity Books On Plan To Close Te Papa Press

Unity Books is alarmed that Te Papa is proposing to suspend publishing by Te Papa Press for 4 or 5 years. Te Papa Press has proven time and time again that it has both award and bestseller capability and fulfils its kaupapa. More>>

ALSO:

Cinema: ‘The Desk’ Featuring Paul Henry To Have NZ Debut

The Documentary Edge Festival is thrilled to announce The Desk as a late entry to its 2015 Programme. The film, featuring local broadcaster Paul Henry, will have its international premiere on May 21 at 10pm at Q Theatre (book now at qtheatre.co.nz) with limited screenings also on offer in Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Art: Considering Feminisms In Aotearoa New Zealand: Two Projects

Feminism is something that has changed our lives. Recently, the activist Marilyn Waring reviewed the impact of feminism in Aotearoa New Zealand and reminded us that just 40 years ago banks wouldn’t lend women money without the guarantee of a man, ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news