Rutu, 1951, Angus, Rita (1908–1970), Christchurch. Purchased 1992 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Reproduced courtesy of <A href="" target="_blank"> the Estate of Rita Angus</A>.  . Te Papa

Art and visual culture 

The development of the National Collection began in 1905 under the guidance of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. Artworks purchased between 1905 and 1936 formed the basis of the collection and included early New Zealand and international works with an emphasis on Britain.

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Who is in our Art team



A number of Te Papa's art works, objects and Taonga are available in the Google Art project, in high resolution, alongside iconic works from other major institutions around the world.
Te Papa's collection on Google Art Project