Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu
Artists Areta Wilkinson and Te Rongo Kirkwood at Auckland Museum
Closing 11 September 2016
The exhibition Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu - Artists Areta Wilkinson and Te Rongo Kirkwood at Auckland Museum is closing soon at Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira.
Two highly regarded contemporary Māori artists, Areta Wilkinson and Te Rongo Kirkwood, have showcased their work in the
Special Exhibitions Hall alongside objects from the Musuem’s collections that have inspired them in their work. The
exhibition features contemporary kākahu(cloaks), jewellery and sculptural works, and significant objects drawn from the
Museum’s taonga Māori, Botany and Applied Arts collections, including some of Aotearoa’s finest kākahu on display for the first time.
Areta Wilkinson is a leading senior contemporary crafts practitioner who has had a long association with Auckland Museum
over her career. Areta completed her doctoral thesis 2014, and last year was awarded the Creative New Zealand
Craft/Object Fellowship, the most significant award of its kind in the craft/object sector.
Te Rongo Kirkwood is an early-mid career artist whose work is pushing boundaries in the media she is using, primarily
glass, and the international profile she is developing. One of her works was recently acquired for the Museum collection
and is on display in the exhibition.
Praise for Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu:
“It is not often that I walk into an exhibition space and get goosebumps. The current exhibition at Auckland War Memorial
Museum, Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, is one of those few shows that make you feel a sense of something deeper to the objects
on display. I highly recommend visiting Auckland War Memorial Museum for this show, as it not only brings to life
objects cared for by the Museum, but showcases two highly regarded contemporary artist’s textile and jewellery works in
a brand new light.” – Sarah Powell, Worn Through
“Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu represents a unique attempt by the Auckland Museum to collaborate with contemporary Māori
artists as a means of privileging a Māori worldview within the museum and simultaneously revitalising their
collections.” – Talei Siilata, Mana Magazine.
On daily until Sunday September 11 2016 in the Special Exhibitions Hall.
Free with Museum entry.