New Acquisition

The Fall by Christopher Ulutupu

10 October 2022

Over the winter months, gallery visitors have been transported by Christopher Ulutupu’s The Fall – an open-ended moving image installation that ponders on what might endure in the wake of chaos and change. From the sun-baked landscapes of Saint Bathans to the great hall at Olveston, Ulutupu’s work stretched out into a surreal narrative reflecting the artist’s time spent on residency here. He invited audiences to reflect on our times, and consider what might be ahead – what comes after the fall.Although this exhibition has now come to a close, we are pleased to announce that this important work has been acquired for the permanent collection of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. It will remain here as a significant artistic response to this region and its histories, and as a representation of this important artist at a critical moment in time. Christopher Ulutupu is a leading contemporary artist of his generation, and The Fall will be the first of his works to be collected by Dunedin Public Art Gallery.We are also in the final week of our current exhibitions Oliver Perkins - A kind of arrow and On the table. On Tuesday evening at 5.30pm, artist Oliver Perkins will be with us for a final discussion of his exhibition, so don’t miss the chance to hear directly from him alongside invited guests Kim Pieters and Nick Austin, and our 2022 curatorial intern Simon Palenski.Adding to this mix an array of school holiday activities, this week promises to be a hive of activity at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.Noho ora maiLucy HammondsKairauhī Curator, Dunedin Public Art Gallery[above: CHRISTOPHER ULUTUPU The Fall 2022. Installation view, Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph, Justin Spiers]   

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