Out of The Box

A public art collection is a rich source of shared cultural heritage with close ties to the place and people around it. This exhibition presents a broad selection of artworks from the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust Ruawharo Tā-ū-Rangi collection, which has developed through a combination of generous donations and active purchasing over the past century.

A dense arrangement enables hundreds of artworks to be brought out from storage and displayed together in order to give a sense of this collection’s unique character.

Floor Talk - 3rd December, 11am - 12pm:
Join MTG Curator of Art, Jessica Mio to learn more about 'Out of the Box'. A public art collection that is a rich source of shared cultural heritage with close ties to the place and people around it.

Comprised primarily of New Zealand and British art, the collection features two areas of specialist strength. Early New Zealand modernism is represented through key works by Roland Hipkins, A. Lois White and Christopher Perkins; while New Zealand art of the 1970s-1980s includes paintings by Tony Fomison and Robyn Kahukiwa as well as sculptures by Terry Stringer. Artworks by many Hawke’s Bay artists are exhibited here alongside these figures of national significance, together with internationally renowned painters, and unknown artists.

The paintings, prints, and sculptures on display span from the 17th century through to the year 2016, encompassing a wide array of subjects and styles. Presenting the artworks collectively results in unusual combinations that enable us to see old favourites in new contexts, and to draw fresh connections between artworks.

Restrictions: All Ages


Cost Type: Adults - $10
Cost Type: Seniors/Students/CS Cardholders - $7.5
Cost Type: Children Under 15 - $0


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