Art After Dark Toi o Te Pō – Art of the Nation 

When:
Thursday 16 July 2009,  6pm–8pm
Where:
Throughout Te Papa
Cost:
Free entry
Type:
 

Mondrian's last chrysanthemum 1976, McCahon, Colin (1919–1987), Auckland. Purchased 2008. © Courtesy of the Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust.  . Te Papa
Mondrian's last chrysanthemum 1976, McCahon, Colin (1919–1987), Auckland. Purchased 2008. © Courtesy of the Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust. . Te Papa

Join three art curators for fascinating talks about recent additions to Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation, followed by music from one of the country’s top string quartets.

6pm–7pm
Vicki Robson, Curator of European Art, discusses recently acquired paintings by Frances Hodgkins and Cedric Morris.

Aaron Lister, Curator New Zealand Art, City Gallery, Wellington, looks at works by Michael Illingworth, including Untitled 1971, which features on the cover of the new book Art at Te Papa.

William McAloon, Curator Historical New Zealand Art, examines the recently acquired Colin McCahon paintings Scared and Mondrian's last chrysanthemum. 
Meet at the entry to Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation, Level 4.

7pm–8pm
Top off the evening with some lovely string quartet music from the Nikau Ensemble.
Level 4 Espresso.

The Nikau Ensemble
This string quartet features musicians from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and comprises two violins, a cello, and a double bass. The quartet was formed to accommodate the unusual instrumentation of Rossini’s string sonatas. These delightfully virtuosic works form the mainstay of the ensemble's repertoire. However, the quartet also features Mozart divertimenti, and works from the Romantic period, alongside popular arrangements.

the nikau ensemble

The Nikau Ensemble