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Everything old is new again

Date: Thursday 17 September 2020 to Sunday 13 December 2020
Cost: Free
Contact details: ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz
Part of the ATL 100 series

Six of our most prominent artists — John Pule, Séraphine Pick, Sarah Munro, Lisa Reihana, Heather Straka and Mel Baldwin – have made new, or have provided existing artworks based on original Turnbull collection items. This exhibition highlights the contemporary relevance of the Alexander Turnbull Library, 100 years after it first opened.

Contemporary relevance of the Alexander Turnbull Library

This exhibition highlights the contemporary relevance of the Alexander Turnbull Library, 100 years after it first opened. Placing selections from the library’s heritage collections alongside recent artworks — including newly commissioned pieces — ‘Everything Old is New Again’ illustrates how the documents of Aotearoa’s past tell us stories about ourselves and inspire new ones, now and into the future.

See artworks based on original Turnbull collection items

Six of our most prominent artists — John Pule, Séraphine Pick, Sarah Munro, Lisa Reihana, Heather Straka and Mel Baldwin – have made new, or have provided existing artworks based on original Turnbull collection items.

Their works investigate, challenge, and shine alternative light on a group of colonial paintings, books and photographs, calling into question the cultural conditions in which they were created.

From this diversity of creative voices, the pairing of old with new brings our treasured artefacts into new and important conversations.

The exhibition is on at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery from 17 September until 13 December 2020.

New Zealand Portrait Gallery

A striking portrait of a Māori woman. She Is wearing dark tailored clothing, has two huia feathers in her hair and a large tiki necklace. She is looking straight at us and has a Mona Lisaish smile.
Mrs Ngahui Rangitakaiwaho of Wairarapa. Dec 21st 1880, by Gottfried Lindauer. Ref: G-515. Alexander Turnbull Library.