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Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

  • 5 Kitchener St. Map It
  • City Center
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

The modernist addition to the Auckland Art Gallery has breathed life and light into a structure built in the 1880s. The soaring glass, wood, and stone addition, which some say looks like stylized trees, both complements and contrasts with the formal château-like main gallery. A courtyard and fountain space at the front is home to ever-changing works. The gallery, adjacent to Albert Park has some 15,000 items dating from the 12th century but also shows innovative and challenging contemporary art that draws big crowds. Historic portraits of Māori chiefs by well-known New Zealand painters C.F. Goldie and Gottfried Lindauer offer an ethnocentric view of people once seen as fiercely martial. Goldie often used the same subject repeatedly—odd, considering his desire to document what he considered a dying race. New Zealand artists Frances Hodgkins, Doris Lusk, and Colin McCahon are also here, as are shows and performances. Free collection tours are given at 11:30 and 1:30. The café is hip and busy and the gift shop offers a range of books, original artworks, and keepsakes.

Sight Information

Address:

5 Kitchener St., at Wellesley St. E, Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

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Phone:

09-379–1349

Sight Details:

  • Free, except for special exhibits

Published 08/30/2016

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