Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art

5 dec - 9 may

Mai FM is proud to present Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art, showcasing the dynamic, ever-changing expression that is Māori art. Distinct from the other art movements of Aotearoa New Zealand, contemporary Māori art occupies an unrivalled position in engaging with cultural histories and the role of Māori knowledge and continues to invigorate discussions about identity and place.

Spanning 70 years with work by more than 100 artists, the exhibition presents contemporary Māori art as standing tall – toi tū – and healthy – toi ora – while reinforcing the wisdom and ideas that empower Māori and Indigenous ways of knowing. The exhibition is framed by the Māori creation narrative, making way for a new mode of experience. The Māori creation story speaks of our celestial origins, understood as the realm of the gods or Ira Atua. This then connects to the terrestrial realm of humankind, Ira Tangata. The artworks are presented as one connected art movement and, much like Māori culture itself, this is nuanced, vibrant and diverse.

The largest-ever exhibition staged by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and free to the public, Toi Tū Toi Ora offers insights into the development of contemporary Māori art informed by a Māori worldview.

Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Saturday 5th December 2020 - Sunday 9th May 2021