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Len Lye: Agiagia


Wed 12 Mar 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Thu 13 Mar 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Fri 14 Mar 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sat 15 Mar 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 16 Mar 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Mangere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu o Uenuku, Corner Orly Avenue & Bader Drive, Mangere, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


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The new exhibition Len Lye: Agiagiā this summer is the first showcase of Lye’s work in South Auckland.

Mangere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku presents this Len Lye exhibition in collaboration with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (14 December 2013 to 16 March 2014).

The exhibition concerns Lye's early practice, focusing attention on Lye's fusion of European modernism with his own distinctly local vision.

Taking its title from a Samoan word expressing the notion of ‘natural billowing movement’, Agiagiā reflects the natural landscapes that inspired Len Lye’s work.

Curated by Paul Brobbel (Acting Len Lye Curator, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery) and James Pinker (Senior Programme Leader, Arts and Culture, Auckland Council), the exhibition includes experimental film, kinetic sculpture, drawing and photography - with a focus on the artist’s early work during the 1920s.

Paul Brobbel says the works included in the exhibition illustrate Lye’s relationship with European modernism during his years living in the Pacific and the unique modernist voice he brought with him to London and eventually the United States.

At the heart of Len Lye: Agiagiā is the first of Lye’s groundbreaking experimental films, Tusalava (1929), a fusion of the modern format of avant-garde cinema with the organic spirit of Lye’s oceanic home.

Alongside early works Tiki (1922) and Unit (1924), audiences can explore Lye’s vision of ‘composing with motion’ through the pioneering ‘scratch’ film Particles in Space (1980), the delicate motions of his kinetic sculpture Roundhead (1960, 1998 reconstruction) and the furious dance of Firebush (1961, 2007 reconstruction).

The exhibition will be accompanied by a film programme showcasing a selection of Lye’s experimental films.

Len Lye: Agiagiā is supported by the Len Lye Foundation and the New Zealand Film Archive Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua.

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