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Dec 2018 - Mar 2019 exhibitions at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

Jacqueline Elley Luxoplasts 2018. Photo Sam Hartnett
Make a trip to New Plymouth this summer and check out the exhibitions, on until 18 March.


Group Therapy (17 Nov 2018 – 31 Mar 2019)
Audiences familiar with Len Lye will recognise an artist who could improvise on a theme. Group Therapy celebrates this trait with a trio of works demonstrating Lye’s interest in figures of motion and harmonic frequency.

Wand Dance (1 Dec 2018 – 18 Mar 2019)
Engineered by the Len Lye Foundation with the support of Team Zizz!, this work brings the experience of Lye's large outdoor works into the Gallery for a thrilling kinetic experience.

Haegue Yang: Triple Vita Nestings (1 Dec 2018 – 18 Mar 2019)
Diverse works from more than a decade of Yang’s practice, including video essays, anthropomorphic sculpture, audio work, and a venetian blind installation, alongside additional works produced for local audiences. A touring exhibition by the Institute of Modern Art

Maureen Lander: Flat-Pack Whakapapa (1 Dec 2018 – 18 Mar 2019)
Four installations that explore the connections between whakapapa and raranga (Māori weaving), including a new installation made in collaboration with local weavers. A touring exhibition by The Dowse Art Museum

Jacqueline Elley: Luxoplasts (1 Dec 2018 – 18 Mar 2019)
Inspired by microscopic marine life, Elley’s biomorphic light drawings emanate from a dark and unseen world that reflects both the nature and the man-made detritus polluting the environment.

Richard Maloy: Things I Have Seen (1 Dec 2018 – 18 Mar 2019)
In this video, working from memory and crafting in clay, Maloy recreates others’ work, translating experience and memory into a new form capturing the subjectivity of experience.

Projection Series #12: Oskar Fischinger and Len Lye (1 Dec 2018 – 26 Jan 2019)
A pairing of two of the most compelling experimental filmmakers of their generation.

Further information: 

About Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is New Zealand’s contemporary art museum in the coastal city of New Plymouth, Taranaki on the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. Since opening in 1970, the Gallery has dedicated itself to innovative programming, focused collection development and audience engagement. It has earned a strong reputation nationally and internationally for its global vision and special commitment to contemporary art of the Pacific Rim. The Govett-Brewster is also home to the collection and archive of the seminal modernist filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye (1901–1980).

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery was founded with a gift to the city of New Plymouth, from one of its greatest ‘Friends’ Monica Brewster (née Govett). A globetrotter before the age of air travel, Monica Brewster envisaged an art museum for her hometown that would be an international beacon for the art and ideas of the current day – the sort she had become familiar with on her global travels.

The Govett-Brewster continues in the legacy of Monica Brewster by taking on and presenting provocative, audacious and confident works of art in the global arts landscape.

The greatly expanded museum re-launched on 25 July 2015 with the addition of the Len Lye Centre. With its curved exterior walls of mirror-like stainless steel, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre is the country’s first example of destination architecture linked to contemporary art.

This latest addition to the Govett-Brewster – the Len Lye Centre – is New Zealand’s first institution dedicated to a single artist, the pioneering filmmaker and kinetic sculptor, Len Lye. It is the international centre for exploration of his work. The centre researches, collects, stores, conserves, exhibits and publishes on the life and creations of New Zealand’s most internationally acclaimed artist.

In 1964 Len Lye said “Great architecture goes fifty-fifty with great art”.

The Len Lye Centre building, adjoining the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, is an example of innovative thinking in both engineering and architecture. The architects are Patterson Associates, one of New Zealand’s most internationally recognised architectural firms.

The Len Lye Centre presents changing exhibitions of Lye’s work in kinetic sculpture, film, painting, drawing, photography, batik and writing, as well as related work by contemporary and historical artists.

It also houses a state-of-the-art 60-seat cinema and presents Lye’s films to their best advantage, films that are landmark works that pioneer innovation in film, media and art. Visitors can also experience a selection of international film festivals, experimental, arthouse and cult movies, as well as a programme of New Zealand cinema, symposia and lectures.

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre is owned and operated by the New Plymouth District Council, which governs the museum under the terms of the founding Monica Brewster Trust Deed, in association with the Len Lye Foundation.

Contact details: 
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Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

20 Dec 2018

Interests The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is New Zealand's premier contemporary art museum and home to the collection of modernist filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye. Admission is free.

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