City Gallery City Gallery Wellington


This Is New Zealand

3 March–15 July 2018

New Zealand has been going to the Venice Biennale since 2001. While this declares our internationalism, some of our chosen artists have taken the opportunity to tackle old themes of national identity, playing on the Biennale’s old-school​ official national-pavilion structure, so reminiscent of World’s Fairs and Expos. This Is New Zealand presents Venice works by Michael Stevenson, Michael Parekowhai, and Simon Denny, alongside New Zealand works created earlier for World’s Fairs and other diplomatic contexts. There are also new projects by Bronwyn Holloway-Smith and Gavin Hipkins. The show takes its title from the spectacular three-screen film made by Hugh Macdonald at the National Film Unit for the New Zealand pavilion at Expo '70 in Osaka.

General Entry