Freedom and Structure: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930 – 1960

24 June – 12 November 2017, MTG, Napier You will rarely have the chance to enjoy an exhibition of New Zealand painting that is as aesthetically delightful or culturally revealing as this one. For a historical overview it compiles relatively few artists – six in total – and yet the output of the practitioners collected…

Kuijken Quartet

8 July 2017, MTG, Napier Mozart String Quartet No 18 in A K.464, Haydn String Quartet No  30 in E flat Op 32 No 2 (The Joke) and Mozart String Quartet No 21 in D K575 (“Prussian  No 1”).   Sigiswald and Sara Kuijken (violins), Marlee Thiers (viola) and Michel Boulanger (cello). The Flemish Kuijken family…

Kathryn Stott Piano Recital

18 May 2017, MTG Century Theatre Ravel: Sonatine; Faure: Nocturne No 6 Op 63; Franck: Prelude, Choral and Fugue M. 21; Debussy: L’Isle Joyeuse; Faure: Nocturne No 4, Op 36; Dutilleux: Piano Sonata. With a wholly French bill of fare, a gastronomic metaphor was difficult to resist.  Lovers of French – particularly piano – music…

Pecha Kucha

11 April, MTG Thankfully the ‘character-building’ art of public speaking (as it is no doubt still regarded in schools) is not dying out. Quite the opposite, it seems to be enjoying a renaissance if you consider the remarkable popularity and even cultural influence of TED Talks where subjects of all types, no matter how arcane…

Indra’s Bow

October 2016 – 27 August 2017, MTG, Napier The God Indra, of Indian Mythology, has dominion over the rains – no small thing in a land where the arrival of the monsoon can mean the difference between life and death. His bow, the rainbow, is his weapon in combat with the Asuras of inclement weather…