February 21, 2022
Doors open for Hundertwasser Centre and Wairau Māori Gallery
There’s a new home for contemporary Māori art.
The Wairau Māori Art Gallery is within Whangarei’s Hundertwasser Art Centre, which officially opened yesterday.
Wairau gallery chair Elizabeth Ellis says it will provide Aotearoa with its first public gallery solely dedicated to profiling Māori artists and curators.
Including the gallery in the distinctive building was part of the vision of the late Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the Austrian-born artist and architect who lived for 24 years in the Bay of Islands.
The centre was created in collaboration with the artist’s Vienna-based foundation and features a permanent display of 80 of his works.
Foundation head Joram Harel says it champions the notion of life being in harmony with the laws of nature, including a forest on the roof.
Ticket prices have been set at $21 for adults, $15 for Whangarei locals, and $10 for children under 16.