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Remembering Van der Velden


Thu 28 Nov 2013, 3:30pm–8:00pm

Where: Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: tepapaevents

Level 4 Classroom and Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa, Level 5

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This special event celebrates the legacy of Dutch immigrant painter Petrus van der Velden, who died 100 years ago. Four seminars, a floortalk, and a panel discussion bring to light recent research on this influential artist, and consider his place in New Zealand art.

Van der Velden arrived in New Zealand in 1890, providing a much-needed example of what an artist and ‘professional’ art could be. He is credited with being one of the first artists to express an intensely personal response to New Zealand’s landscape. After his death in 1913, the Lyttelton Times described him as ‘the best type of Bohemian’.


3.30pm–5.30pm: Seminars
A series of presentations on Van der Velden, chaired by Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, Te Papa’s Head of Arts and Visual Culture:
Dieuwertje Dekkers – At Work in the Netherlands
Peter Vangioni – Ōtira
Rebecca Rice – The Best Kind of Bohemian
Ann Shelton – The Memory Stream
Level 4 Classroom, free entry

6.15pm–6.45pm: Floortalk
From Marken to Muriwai: Walking with Van der Velden and McCahon
Jonathan Mane-Wheoki explores parallels between Van der Velden and McCahon, one of New Zealand’s most celebrated modern painters, in their treatment of funerary subjects in landscape settings.
Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa, Level 5, free entry

7pm–8pm: Panel discussion
The Legacy of Van der Velden
Art historian Julie King, curators Peter Vangioni and Aaron Lister, and artist Seraphine Pick reflect on Van der Velden’s legacy with chair Roger Blackley, Associate Professor in Art History at Victoria University.
Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa, Level 5, free entry

Image credit: Petrus van der Velden, "Storm at Wellington Heads", about 1908 (detail), oil on canvas. Gift of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 1936. Te Papa (1936-0012-115)

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