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Spectacular new art space coming to Te Papa in 2017

Te Papa is set to have another huge 12 months – which will feature the opening of a spectacular new art gallery space in late 2017.

Te Papa is set to have another huge 12 months – which will feature the opening of a spectacular new art gallery space in late 2017.

Over the coming years, Te Papa will transform its permanent exhibits, many of which have been in the museum since it opened in 1998. The museum will remain open throughout the changes.

Architect’s impression of the new gallery by Warren and Mahoney

The art gallery, which currently occupies levels five and six of Te Papa, will be the first area to change. The current Ngā Toi Arts TePapa gallery will close on Sunday 26 February 2017, with the new art space opening in late 2017. Entry will be free. It will grown from 2,430 m2 to 3,290m2 over levels four and five, including a spectacular new double-height gallery with an entrance opposite Te Papa’s upstairs café. This will enable Te Papa to show large sculptural works, and offer immersive art experiences on a scale never seen before at the museum. The gallery will include a dedicated area for works by iconic New Zealand artists.

Says Te Papa Chief Executive Rick Ellis, “The new art space will enable us to show more of the national art collection, and create a world-class art experiences for our visitors.”

Changes to the Te Papa building will begin in February 2017.

Artwork credits: Michael Parekowhai, He kōrero pūrākau mo te awanui o te motu: story of a New Zealand river, 2011. Te Papa. Richard Killeen, Assimilation, 1978. Te Papa. Ani O’Neill, Rainbow country, 2000–01. Te Papa. Gretchen Albrecht, In a shower of gold, 2011. Te Papa. Gordon Walters, Karakia, 1977. Te Papa. Peter Robinson, Boy am I scarred eh, 1997. Te Papa. 

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