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14/07/2012

At the edge of the earthquake disfigured red-zone in Christchurch, New Zealand, are two imposing bronze bulls atop grand pianos. Overlooking this indelibly altered landscape, in a building that managed to survive the destruction, is a Steinway piano, deep red and carved with Maori motifs. These artworks, which make up the Michael Parekowhai’s exhibition, On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer, have returned to New Zealand after taking up residence first at the 54th Venice Biennale, and then musée du quai Branly in Paris.

 

Michael Parekowhai He Kōrero Pūrākau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of a New Zealand river wood, brass, automotive paint, mother of pearl, paua, upholstery
two pieces: 1030 x 2750 x 1750mm, 855 x 460 x 410mm collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

 

Michael Parekowhai On First Looking into Chapman's Homer 2011 installation view, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, 2012 courtesy the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland

 

Michael Parekowhai A Peak in Darien 2011 bronze, stainless steel two pieces: 2200 x 2850 x 1750mm, 520 x 1050 x 320mm courtesy the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland

 

Michael Parekowhai Chapman's Homer 2011 bronze, stainless steel two pieces: 2510 x 2710 x 1750mm, 560 x 870 x 370mm courtesy the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland

 

// Special Thanks to Michael Lett Gallery

Photographer - John Collie

Clementine Widdowson - de Pressigny

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