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Henry Symonds: The Piano Lesson/Considered and Abandoned

When:

Wed 24 Sep 2014, 10:00am–3:00pm
Thu 25 Sep 2014, 10:00am–3:00pm
Fri 26 Sep 2014, 10:00am–3:00pm
Sat 27 Sep 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 28 Sep 2014, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Henry Symonds: The Piano Lesson/Considered and Abandoned

5 August 2014 - 28 September 2014, Master Bedroom. Donations appreciated.

The Piano Lesson/Considered and Abandoned features works by Henry Symonds, produced in response to Henri Matisse’s Piano Lesson (1916). Symonds' work centres on an on going process of interlocution or visual conversation.

This exhibition explores an extended conversation with Matisse’s Piano Lesson, the historic work painted in the summer of 1916 while the Battle of the Somme, one of the darkest moments of the First World War, raged not far away.

'The contrast between the measured, poised, serene interior space speaking of quiet domesticity and the ghastly chaos and horror of battle – geographically contiguous but dramatically removed in terms of lived experience has always fascinated and unsettled me.' - Henry Symonds, 2014

A residency in New York in 2011 allowed Symonds to reacquaint himself with the Piano Lesson in the Museum of Modern Art over a period of several months. On returning to his studio in Auckland he embarked upon a reconsideration of the work. The process eventually resulted in the suite of six large works painted in a loose, interrelated sequence referencing his own domestic space, much as Matisse’s painting had referenced his.

Henry Symonds has exhibited internationally and his work features in public and corporate collections around the world. Originally from South Africa, Symonds has lived in New Zealand for twenty-two years and is currently the Dean of Instruction and Undergraduate Studies at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.

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