On Saturday 7 May, Auckland Art Gallery unveils the inspirational and imaginative exhibition, Space to Dream: Recent Art from South America.
Space to Dream opens a window to the influential art of eight South American countries from the 1960s to today.
It reflects a place of vitality, constant change and possibility, and explores the ways art has offered a space for South American people to reflect, act and dream.
Auckland Art Gallery’s Director Rhana Devenport says Aucklanders are intrigued and fascinated with South America, its art and culture.
‘They’ve told us they’re curious to learn more about the region, so Space to Dream is our response. It is a dynamic and sensual experience which reveals parts of South America’s tumultuous history and politics, and gives insights into its many cultures and hopes for the future,’ she says.
‘The exhibition offers a rare and remarkable encounter with a continent that is relatively unexplored in New Zealand.’
The Gallery’s Principal Curator Zara Stanhope curated Space to Dream in collaboration with Chilean curator Beatriz Bustos Oyanedel.
Stanhope says Space to Dream is a unique, one-off opportunity to be immersed in the cultures of South America while inside a Gallery.
‘It is the first extensive exhibition in Australasia to introduce, in depth, the art of this neighbouring region,’ she says.
‘The exhibition and its accompanying special events, such as performances, lectures and a free film programme, will reflect how tradition, lifestyles, politics and even time can be experienced differently when given a space to dream.’
Auckland Art Gallery is the only place to see the paintings, sculpture, photography, installations, textiles and films created by artists from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Tickets to Space to Dream are due to go on sale in April. Adult entry is $15, while children 12 and under go free.
Adults: $15 Early bird: $12.50 (limited numbers) Concession: $10 Children 12 and under: Free Auckland Art Gallery Members: Free
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