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Auckland Art Gallery

Top art just off Queen St

Gottfried Lindauer - Maoris Plaiting Flax Baskets 1903

Housing the most extensive collection of national and international art in NZ, Auckland Art Gallery sits below hilltop Albert Park in the central-city, only a couple of blocks up from Queen St.

Established in 1888 as the first permanent art gallery in the country, it has enjoyed frequent makeovers and often hosts travelling international exhibitions.

Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art is framed by the Māori creation story and features over 300 artworks by over 100 artists from the 1950s to the present day.

The international collection includes works by Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian and Salvador Dalí. NZ artists are strongly represented including the works of C.F. Goldie, Frances Hodgkins, and Colin McCahon.

Redevelopment finished in 2011 saw the gallery win the World Architecture Festival's 2013 World Building of the Year award.

The gallery shop has all sorts of interesting art, jewellery, gallery prints and souvenirs to peruse.

Art & Culture


Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Tony Hisgett