Visitors to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa can expect to be wowed by the its new approach to art. Te Papa’s Level 5 galleries have been reopened under the new name, Ngā Toi I Arts Te Papa. The art house has been given more wall space with longer views of the gallery and more natural light. The museum is celebrating with a special exhibition that includes works never before displayed, and new acquisitions by both domestic and international artists. The revitalised attraction and its collection is set to be popular among international PCOs looking for a cultural experience for their delegates.
Te Papa chief executive Michael Houlihan said the renaming heralds a new direction for Te Papa.
“[The gallery] has been significantly reconfigured and revitalised,” he said.
“It’s a sign of things to come. Over the next few years we are committed to dedicating at least 8000 square metres to art. That’s about four times more space than we currently have.”
Te Papa has the broadest art collection in New Zealand which features all mediums, from Taonga Māori and Pacific art, through to contemporary art, industrial design, furniture, fashion and textiles.