Rita Angus Retrospective at Te Papa

By Paul Johnson | 4 November 2021
Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist at Te Papa
18 Dec 2021 – 25 Apr 2022
Developed in partnership by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and Te Papa, this monumental exhibition gathers 40 years of work from one of New Zealand's most loved artists and the aunt of our Managing Director, Rita Angus.

Originally slated to be the first major retrospective of a kiwi artist on foreign shores, the show in London's Royal Academy of Art was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19, however, we're thrilled to see the show go ahead in Wellington, the city Rita spent much of her working life.

One of New Zealand's most significant painters of the 20th Century, Rita Angus successfully combined the essence of New Zealand with the artistic movements of Europe and North America, yet still succeeded in forging her own distinctive, personal style.
The eldest of seven siblings, each remarkable in their own right, Rita forged a career as an artist with an unwavering, pioneering and uncompromising approach to her artistic vision with support from her forward-thinking family.

The exhibition is free entry at Te Papa and runs from 18 December 2021 - 25 April 2022.