exhibitions past

Past Exhibitions 2016

Exhibition Dates

EXPLODED WORLDS

Works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Collection

Established in 1884, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery is New Zealand's oldest public art gallery. The richness and quality of its collection remains a testament to a city that placed art and ideas at th... Read More
6 feb 2016 -
23 jul 2017

KUSHANA BUSH

The Burning Hours

Kushana Bush (b. 1983) inhabits a singular position within contemporary New Zealand art. Reaching across history, culture and society, her meticulously detailed compositions, multi-ethnic characters... Read More
3 dec 2016 -
17 apr 2017

TIFFANY SINGH

OM MANI PADME HUM

Tiffany Singh is known for her socially engaged practice that often manifests in colourful and large-scale installations. Her works draw on a variety of influences that include Eastern and Western spi... Read More
22 oct 2016 -
2 apr 2017

UNDREAMED OF...

50 Years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

Undreamed of … 50 Years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship commemorates the 50th anniversary of the University of Otago’s Frances Hodgkins Fellowship. The exhibition, hung in both the Dun... Read More
5 nov 2016 -
26 feb 2017

DOUGLAS GORDON

Play Dead; Real Time

For the monumental installation Play Dead; Real Time, artist Douglas Gordon filmed a circus elephant obeying a series of commands. Like many of Gordon's protagonists, the elephant is subject to f... Read More
27 aug 2016 -
19 feb 2017

BY THE LAWS OF CHANCE

Curated by Andrea Bell

The definition of chance varies according to philosophical, religious, mystical, and cultural contexts. Some attribute it to strength in faith or superstitious belief, while others look for answers ... Read More
10 dec 2016 -
19 feb 2017

KIRSTIN CARLIN AND FRANCES HODGKINS

Through the Trees

Through the Trees sets contemporary artist Kirstin Carlin (b. 1979) onto a collision course with one of Dunedin's favourite daughters, Frances Hodgkins. Interested in the familiar tropes of art histor... Read More
29 sep 2016 -
22 jan 2017

BLAINE WESTERN

Masques

Is the façade of a building intrinsic to its function? What tensions lie between conservation, restoration and legibility in the built environment? This Visiting Artist project by Blaine Wester... Read More
3 sep 2016 -
20 nov 2016

DEANNA DOWLING

The water we built on

A REAR WINDOW PROJECT Land reclamation has played a central role in the formation of many cities here and overseas. However the role of human intervention in the process of land movement is not often... Read More
24 sep 2016 -
20 nov 2016

VISITING ARTIST PROJECT

Grammars

Formed out of an on-going body of research, Visiting Artist Blaine Western questions the different methodologies, genealogies and complexities imbued in objects. Grammars brings together  existin... Read More
3 sep 2016 -
13 nov 2016

DORIS LUSK

1916-1990

May 2016 marks 100 years since painter Doris Lusk was born in Dunedin.  This intimate exhibition presents key works by Doris Lusk drawn largely from the collection of Dunedin Public Art Gallery. ... Read More
9 jul 2016 -
24 oct 2016

NICK AUSTIN, JANE DODD, SCOTT EADY, RACHEL H. ALLAN

Ridiculous Sublime

The distinct vision of a contemporary artist can offer a new lens through which to see our everyday – reshaping the intersections between the familiar, the ridiculous and the magnificent.  ... Read More
2 jul 2016 -
24 oct 2016

BILLY APPLE AND DR CRAIG HILTON

The Analysis of Billy Apple's Genome

Rapid advances in molecular and cellular biology are increasing both our understanding of life, and our ability to adjust it. The promises of scientific research quickly transform in our minds into th... Read More
9 apr 2016 -
9 oct 2016

FRANCES HODGKINS

Frances Hodgkins and the St Ives Connection

Frances Hodgkins arrived in St Ives in late 1914 and was based there throughout the war years. This exhibition features pictures by Hodgkins made between 1914-1918 in addition to examples of works fro... Read More
25 jun 2016 -
18 sep 2016

MIKE HEYNES

Fantastic Scenes from Hiroshima New Zealand Farm

A REAR WINDOW PROJECT   Tourism and agriculture form a large part of New Zealand’s reputation overseas and are a driving force behind the country’s economy. However despite being kn... Read More
30 jul 2016 -
18 sep 2016

XIN CHENG IN COLLABORATION WITH CHRIS BERTHELSEN

small modifications

small modifications is a collaborative project that poses a number of questions and open propositions: Could the gallery function as an open studio? What are reflexive ways of making and participating... Read More
30 jul 2016 -
4 sep 2016

BODYWORK

From the Collection

Bodywork presents an opportunity to take a closer look at three major works in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery collection. Each addresses the body as a central motif - from Luise Fong's skin-like paint... Read More
16 apr 2016 -
16 aug 2016

LIGHT SWITCH AND CONDUIT

The Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection

This exhibition explores the relationship between artworks and the domestic context by delving into the personal collection of Jim Barr and Mary Barr. Light switch and conduit focuses on their recent ... Read More
9 apr 2016 -
14 aug 2016

YAYOI KUSAMA

The obliteration room

The Obliteration Room 2002-present is a dynamic artwork by leading contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama that transforms over time through the active participation of visitors. You are invited to... Read More
7 may 2016 -
7 aug 2016

THE YELLOW MEN

The Yellow Men Present Pegs

A REAR WINDOW PROJECT Clarke Hegan and Jed McCammon, who both completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours at the Dunedin School of Art in 2013, have performed collaboratively as The Yellow Men s... Read More
4 jun 2016 -
24 jul 2016

KATE DAVIS

The Unswept Floor

Born in New Zealand, Glasgow-based artist Kate Davis has spent the first months of 2016 living and working in Dunedin as part of the Gallery’s Visiting Artist Programme. Her work strikes up a co... Read More
12 mar 2016 -
19 jun 2016

FRANCES HODGKINS

Sitting for Frances

Sitting for Frances brings together works that explore the relationship between Frances Hodgkins and her sitters, largely drawn from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Collection along with selected works... Read More
19 dec 2015 -
12 jun 2016

THE SARGOOD GIFT

A Tribute to the Sargood Family

On 8th August 1915 Lt. Cedric Rolfe Sargood was killed at Gallipoli.  As a memorial to their son, Percy and Lucy Sargood gave substantial funds to establish the Dunedin Public Art Gallery at its ... Read More
8 aug 2015 -
29 may 2016

EUGENE HANSEN & JENNY GILLAM

Hometown

A REAR WINDOW PROJECT: Hometown is a multimedia installation that investigates global crises by Wellington-based artists Eugene Hansen and Jenny Gillam. The artists focus on the civil war currently u... Read More
9 apr 2016 -
29 may 2016

MARGARITA ROBERTSON

3.33.12

Margarita Robertson: 3.33.12 celebrates the personal style of Margarita Robertson with a curated display of 12 looks drawn from her private wardrobe. As an international buyer and designer Margarita ... Read More
18 mar 2016 -
17 apr 2016

THE FUTURE IS A DO-OVER

Curated by Ane Tonga

Amie Siegel / Bridget Reweti / Rebecca Ann Hobbs / Shannon Te Ao / Ted Whitaker / Tony De Goldi   The Future is a Do-Over explores the nature of the cinematic remake; a cyclical process of repr... Read More
12 dec 2015 -
10 apr 2016

LUKE MUNN

SEO Story

A REAR WINDOW PROJECT SEO Story by Auckland-based artist Luke Munn presents a materialised version of best practice search engine optimization techniques. Munn weaves together keywords from Dunedin t... Read More
13 feb 2016 -
3 apr 2016

JEFFREY HARRIS

Renaissance Days

Renaissance Days presents a series of recent work by Jeffrey Harris, one of the senior figures of New Zealand painting. Diminutive in scale, yet loaded with intense detail and colour, Harris uses thes... Read More
28 nov 2015 -
28 mar 2016

ARETA WILKINSON & MARK ADAMS

ARCHIVES Te Wahi Pounamu

This exhibition brings together works by contemporary jeweller Areta Wilkinson (Ngāi Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha) and photographer Mark Adams (Pakeha), exploring ways in which both artists have res... Read More
14 nov 2015 -
28 feb 2016

BELONGING

Works from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery

This exhibition delves into the Gallery’s holdings to showcase a rich range of popular European masterpieces, rarely seen treasures and a sampling of more contemporary artworks.  A Gallery&... Read More
5 apr 2014 -
21 feb 2016

JAE HOON LEE

Stranger in Strange Land

Korean-born New Zealand artist Jae Hoon Lee has been developing this new body of work over several months, including eleven weeks spent in Dunedin, as part of the Gallery’s Visiting Artist Progr... Read More
29 aug 2015 -
21 feb 2016

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI

36 Views of Mt Fuji

Take the opportunity to view Hokusai's renowned series of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. This series, which was originally created between 1826 and 1833, includes some of the most iconic images associated ... Read More
22 aug 2015 -
21 feb 2016

YONA LEE

Triptych

A REAR WINDOW PROJECT: Auckland-based artist Yona Lee is best known for her free-standing sculptural forms and installations that create dynamic relationships between the objects and the three-dimensi... Read More
19 dec 2015 -
7 feb 2016