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Light from Tate: 1700s to Now in conversation

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  • Sat 25 Feb 2023, 2:00pm–3:00pm Cancelled
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Join us for a captivating kōrero between Tate assistant curator Matthew Watts and Sophie Matthiesson, senior curator of international art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in which they illuminate the dynamic relationships between history, science, philosophy, technology and art in 'Light from Tate: 1700s to Now'. 

Matthew Watts is an assistant curator at Tate and has most recently curated the Turner Prize 2022. Working in the International Partnerships programme, he has co-curated a range of exhibitions including 'Light from Tate: 1700s to Now', 'Millais’ Ophelia' and 'The Dynamic Eye'.  Watts previously worked at the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; and was a board member of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Executive Committee.  Matthew’s visit is supported by The British Council.

Dr Sophie Matthiesson is senior curator of international art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and is the co-ordinating curator of 'Light from Tate: 1700s to Now'. In her role at the Gallery she has curated 'Manpower: Myths of Masculinity' (2021) and was co-ordinating curator of 'Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan' (2020). She was previously curator of international art at the National Gallery of Victoria, where she co-curated 'Monet’s Garden' (2014) and was a contributing curator to 'Van Gogh: The Seasons' (2017), 'Degas: A New Vision' (2016) and 'The Legacy of Catherine The Great' (2015).

Image credit: JWM Turner, ;Light and Colour (Goethe’s Theory)'

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