The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand

Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $0.00
  • Door Sales Only

Explore the life and work of New Zealand’s most prolific professional colonial painter, Gottfried Lindauer, in the major exhibition, 'The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand'.

Come face to face with more than 120 of Lindauer’s historical portraits of Māori and Pākehā. Experience the power of Māori chiefs and leaders whose images are forever recorded in oil, capturing the stunning practice of ta moko (facial tattoo). The exhibition is a rare opportunity to see at close hand ancestral figures painted in razor-sharp detail. Discover, too, paintings depicting Māori life in the 1800s–1900s.

Through photographs, taonga (treasures) and keepsakes, travel through time to Lindauer’s early art beginnings in Europe, as well as to his life in New Zealand from his arrival in Wellington in 1874 to his death in Woodville in 1926. Along the way, learn about the artist’s early days in the Austro-Hungarian Empire of Bohemia, his artistic inventions in New Zealand, and the close relationships he built with his key patrons and those he photographed and painted. Discover how the artist pioneered the significance of portraiture in New Zealand and learn what they mean for us today.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a beautifully illustrated publication presenting new historical and cultural research completed specifically for this project.

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Women Weaving, c1906, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1915

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