Flight, 1969, Angus, Rita (1908–1970), Wellington. Purchased 1970 from Wellington City Council Picture Purchase Fund. © Reproduced courtesy of <A href="http://www.ritaangus.com" target="_blank"> the Estate of Rita Angus</A>.  . Te Papa

Rita Angus: Selected works 

Building upon the success of Te Papa’s 2008 touring retrospective exhibition Rita Angus: Life & Vision and Jill Trevelyan’s prize-winning biography, Rita Angus: An artist’s life, Te Papa is very pleased to offer Rita Angus: Selected Works to regional galleries.

The exhibition features 40 works by Rita Angus covering the span of her career, from 1929 to 1969. It includes paintings, watercolours and drawings, unfinished studies, and seldom seen items. The exhibition has been selected from Te Papa’s collection, and fromworks cared for by the Museum on behalf of the Rita Angus Estate.

Drawing on similar themes and storylines to Rita Angus: Life & Vision, the exhibition includes portraits and self-portraits, works that show her abiding interest in nature, and her late depictions of Wellington and Hawke’s Bay. It features several key works from Rita Angus: Life & Vision. These include Self-portrait (1929), Fay and Jane Birkinshaw (1938), Lawrence Baigent (1938–39/43), Self portrait (nude, seated) (1944), Central Otago (1953–56/69), and Flight (1968–69).

Like Rita Angus: Life & Vision, the exhibition is divided into three broad segments. The first includes Angus’s striking self-portraits, portraits of close friends, and intimate images of the artist that document troubled periods in her life.

The second segment documents Angus’s interest in nature and landscape. Central Otago will again be a focus here, along with images of Mangonui, Waikanae, and Kaikoura. As in Rita Angus: Life & Vision, flower studies and experimental abstracts will be a source of considerable visitor interest.

The third segment includes the late Self-portrait (1966) – an image of the artist as warrior-priestess – images of her home in Thorndon, her travels through Hawke’s Bay, and finally, her powerful response to the destruction of the Bolton St cemetery.

Exhibition Details


Te Papa presented 40 works by Rita Angus for the tour. All works are framed and glazed.

List of works and tour exhibition document (pdf, 649kB)

North Island venues

26 February 2011–10 April 2011

Tauranga Art Gallery

22 April 2011–5 June 2011

Whangarei Art Museum 

18 June 2011–31 July 2011

Te Manawa 

13 August 2011–25 September 2011

Waikato Museum 

8 October 2011–20 November 2011

Hastings City Art Gallery 

South Island venues

3 December 2011–15 January 2012

Forrester Gallery, Oamaru 

28 January 2012–4 Mar 2012

Southland Art Gallery

17 March 2012–22 April  2012

Eastern Southland Gallery

5 May 2012–17 June 2012

Suter Art Gallery, Nelson

The exhibition is now fully booked.

List of works

List of works and tour exhibition document (pdf, 649kB)


If you are interested in exhibiting Rita Angus: Selected Works contact: 

Liz Hay
Touring Exhibitions Manager, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa