Freedom and Structure: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930-1960

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Exhibition date:
16 May 2015 to 10 April 2016
New Zealand
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Auckland Art Gallery, 16 May 2015 - 10 April 2016; Pātaka Art + Museum, 26 February 2017 – 21 May 2017; MTG Hawkes Bay, 24 June 2017 - November 2017; Waikato Museum, 16 December 2017-2 April 2018; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 28 April 2018 -29 July 2018.

A revolutionary style, Cubism's influence spread globally beyond Europe and the United States to Asia and Australasia, affecting other disciplines including architecture, design and fashion.

Freedom and Structure looks at the significant effect of Cubism on New Zealand painting, and reveals its impact on the work of initial adopters John Weeks, Louise Henderson and Colin McCahon, and others including Melvin Day, Charles Tole and Wilfred Stanley Wallis. This exhibition explores how these artists incorporated the radical language of this style, weaving it into their work in inventive ways.

Freedom and Structure features works from the collections of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (listed below), Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Waikato Museum, The University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, The Hocken Library – University of Otago, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and private lenders.

Curated by Julia Waite.

Text extracted from Auckland Art Gallery website.


[Object and Image], 1954, cm001406 was included on display at Waikato Museum only for the period of 16 December 2017-2 April 2018 when Freedom and Structure: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930-1960 was held at the Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato.