I visited the Auckland Art Gallery on Monday with my daughter's school. It recently re-opened after a major restoration project and it really is a magnificent building. I was absolutely captured by the architecture of the building as much as by the art within.
|Choi Jeong Hwa's Red occupies the reflection pool in the forecourt.|
The flower sculpture at the entrance was a lovely pop of colour on a dull Auckland day.
This is amazing; Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa's Flower Chandelier is in such contrast to the timber ceiling and glass surrounding it. The "joyful jumble of flowers that spill illuminated from the atrium's ceiling" had the children fascinated.
Not quiet though.
Not quiet though.
|Looking out from underneath the flower chandelier to the city.|
New Zealand is a relatively new country; we were officially settled in 1840 so this is no Natural History Museum! Instead it's a wonderful collection detailing our history through art. Some is quite recent, some details the settlement of Europeans in New Zealand. I think it's a beautifully arranged collection of our short past.
There's currently an exhibition on at the gallery entitle Degas to Dali, which is a collection on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland, whilst they conduct their own restorations. We didn't get to see this on Monday but there is the Easter break and school holidays starting Friday to take this in.
"From Monet to Miró, Renoir to Picasso, Magritte to Warhol and Degas to Dalí, discover the legendary skill of 62 international master artists (see the full list here) who revolutionised our way of seeing. Trace the development of modern art from the Realism of the late 1860s via Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Expressionism and Surrealism to the birth of Pop in the mid 1950s."
All images my own except 5 from here.