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Tirohanga Whānui – Views from the Past Exhibition opening at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi

10 April 2017

Tirohanga Whānui – Views from the Past Exhibition opening at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi

John Kinder, Waitangi, Mr Busby’s 1864

A new exhibition opening at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi Exhibition Gallery on Sunday 16th April showcases important historical and contemporary artworks featuring New Zealand landscapes and imagery. Tirohanga Whānui; Views from the Pastis drawn from the Fletcher Trust Collection and features works by major artists such as William Hodges, Alfred Sharpe, Shane Cotton and Robert Ellis.

CEO Greg McManus says it is great to be able to bring this exhibition to Waitangi. “The Fletcher Trust Collection is one of the finest in the country so to be able to host this important exhibition in the Far North is truly an honour. I am particularly pleased that our local community will be able to see such important works close to home, here at Waitangi.”

A painting from the Fletcher Trust collection, Hongi and Waikato (1820) attributed to John Jackson, features in the permanent exhibition at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi. As a result of the relationship established between Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the Fletcher Trust, the idea for a joint exhibition was born, with the intention to display works with particular relevance to the North, including rarely seen lithographs made after visits by French explorers to the Bay of Islands in the 1820s.

The exhibition does not pretend to be comprehensive but rather is a display of images of the North assembled over many years as part of one of the few surviving corporate collections in New Zealand. Founded in 1962, the Fletcher Collection, as it has been known since 2000, is hung in the offices of Fletcher Building at Penrose, Auckland and in Government Houses in Auckland and Wellington. Paintings from the collection have been widely seen in nationally touring exhibitions and are regularly loaned to public art galleries throughout the country.

Tirohanga Whānui; Views from the Past is open to the public from 16th April until 15th September and is free for Friends of Waitangi and Day Pass holders to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

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