October 14, 2014
Art tour becomes kawe mate
A collection of portraits of Maori by Gottfried Lindauer will soon be heading for Berlin
The 44 works held by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki will go on display in late November at the Old National Gallery in Berlin, Germany, and then on to the Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen in the Czech Republic, where the artist was born 166 years ago.
Ngapuhi kaumatua Patu Hohepa, who is a member of the gallery’s Haerewa Maori advisory board, will be with the works when they are handed over to the galleries.
He says he’s there not just for the safety of the ancestors, including some of his own who were Lindauer’s subjects, but to be part of a kawe mate for the artist himself.
"Lindauer is buried in Woodville but then his photograph is going back to his home area to Berlin and to a town called Pilsen and so are these 44 brilliant images of our tupuna and they will be put in to the most prestigeous art gallery museum of Berlin on the Rhine River," he says.
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