TLCOhio Posted July 28, 2013 #1 Share Posted July 28, 2013 From The Australian newspaper tomorrow morning, they have this headline: "New visions and some high ambitions". Be interested from those in NZ and/or those who have visited here about your reactions? Time required to visit, its value compared to other options in Wellington, etc.?? Here are some of the highlights for New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa, in this lengthy media story: "The six-level cultural landmark adjacent to Wellington Harbour hosted 1.4 million visitors last year, making it the most visited museum site in Australasia. Melbourne's two National Galleries of Victoria and Queensland Art Gallery's twin sites attract a greater number of visitors, but not to a single building. In Australia there is no equivalent to Te Papa. The 15-year-old museum in New Zealand's capital exhibits and collects art, plus it has social and natural history collections. There's a botanical garden on its own island. Entry is free but some exhibits attract entry fees. There are numerous gift shops. There's a cafe. This all-things-to-all-people approach riles critics, who believe Te Papa's broad focus prevents it from doing anything really well. A fortnight ago, a sizeable exhibition from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts Colour & Light: Impressionism from France & America opened in a new exhibition space. The museum's head of art Jonathan Mane-Wheoki is refreshingly frank about the challenges he faces. He's working from what he describes as 'a visionary and extremely ambitious document' that stipulates how and why Te Papa should become the central focus for New Zealand's art collecting and display. 'We want to establish Te Papa (as) New Zealand's pre-eminent art institution,' Mane-Wheoki says. Te Papa also has significant stores of customary Maori art and Pacific art but those items are considered part of the museum cultural history collection, not its art collection. Mane-Wheoki, who is Maori, wants to rectify this so that Te Papa's art collection is seen as a continuum from tribal works in the same way as are the art collections held in Australian institutions. He also wants to begin collecting more Asian artworks in acknowledgement of the considerable contribution made to New Zealand culture by its Asian population." Below are some visuals about this museum that I pulled up for sharing on our Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014 Solstice roll call. Clearly this museum is trying to be BOTH an art and natural history museum. Interesting, very contemporary building. Looking for ward to seeing it in Wellington. Can't beat the price of "FREE"!! Added suggestions, tips, best timings to visit, etc.? Full story at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/new-visions-and-some-high-ambitions/story-e6frg8n6-1226687085193 THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Did a June 7-19, 2011, Celebrity Solstice cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Enjoyed great weather and a wonderful trip. Dozens of wonderful visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc., on these postings. We are now at 136,820 views for this live/blog re-cap on our first sailing with Celebrity and much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at: http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474 Here are some various views in connection with the New Zealand's national museum in Wellington. First are a couple of exterior views for the main building and its entrance. Then some interIOR views, including for the giant squid and other items related to NZ and nearby. Final, below is another angle for the contemporary building exterior. All of these are from Bing.com.: Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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