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Len Lye: The Cosmic Archive


Thu 11 Mar 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 12 Mar 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 13 Mar 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 14 Mar 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Mon 15 Mar 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, 42 Queen St, New Plymouth, Taranaki

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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During his career, New Zealand-born artist Len Lye (1901–1980) witnessed a period of tremendous expansion in scientific inquiry.

The Len Lye Collection and Archive at the Govett-Brewster contains hundreds of scientific articles the artist gleaned from the popular press, in fields ranging from psychology to astronomy, particle physics to palaeontology.

Featuring several of these news clippings, 'Len Lye: The Cosmic Archive' explores the space age imagination and its impact on Lye’s work in a range of media. This exhibition presents the newly reconstructed kinetic sculpture, 'Moon Bead' (1968 / 2009), the rarely seen 'Bones' (1965), as well as the films 'The Birth of the Robot' (1936) and 'Particles in Space' (1957–1979).

Curated by Tyler Cann.

Image: Len Lye 'The Birth of the Robot' 1936 (detail).
Courtesy the Len Lye Foundation and The New Zealand Film Archive

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