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The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand

Explore Aotearoa's rich history through more than 120 historical portraits of Māori and Pākehā by New Zealand’s most prolific professional colonial painter

Come face to face with more than 120 historical portraits of Māori and Pākehā as you explore the life and work of New Zealand’s most prolific professional colonial painter. See at close hand how he depicted Māori life during 1800s–1900s New Zealand in piercing detail.

The Māori Portraits is the largest ever presentation of work by New Zealand's most prolific painter of Māori. It includes portraits exhibited for the very first time. Through photographs, taonga (treasures) and keepsakes, travel from Lindauer’s early art beginnings in Europe to his arrival in Wellington in 1874 and his death in Woodville in 1926. See, too, the fascinating exhibition-within-an-exhibition, Identifying Lindauer: His Materials and Techniques, which compares in molecular detail Lindauer’s paintings with fakes and forgeries of his work.

FREE ENTRY Until 19 February New Zealand historic art Level 1 Join a 60 minute guided tour 12.30pm daily. Tours cost $10 and can only be booked at the information desk on level 1 on the day of your visit.