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Aratoi celebrates 50 years with a colourful exhibition

04 Sep 2019

Aratoi (The Wairarapa Museum of Art and History) is celebrating its first 50 years with an exhibition representing 50 years of collecting.

The exhibition, which has been curated by Bronwyn Reid, is reflective of the highlights and significant events, as well as the many gifts received, that have helped form the Aratoi collection. With more than 3000 items to choose from, it’s no surprise that the final selection was no easy task.

From the obvious, such as work by Colin McCahon, Robin White and Barbara Hepworth, to the less obvious (a very old ship’s biscuit with a tale to tell of the visit of a prince); from Taonga Māori to botanical sketches and contemporary art to photographs of early settlement, there are said to be some surprises as items never shown before emerge into the light. The spatial design, by Andy Irving, has been teamed with a special selection of Resene paint colours including Resene Truffle, Resene Clockwork Orange, Resene Blue Moon, Resene Paper Doll and Resene Fuel Yellow.

The exhibition can be viewed from now until 10 November 2019. For more information, visit the Aratoi website.

Aratoi’s 50th celebration exhibition complemented with Resene Groovy, Resene Paper Doll and Resene Truffle.

Aratoi’s 50th celebration exhibition complemented with Resene Truffle and Resene Fuel Yellow.

Aratoi’s 50th celebration exhibition complemented with Resene Groovy, Resene Clockwork Orange and Resene Paper Doll.

Aratoi’s 50th celebration exhibition complemented with Resene Clockwork Orange, Resene Blue Moon and Resene Paper Doll.

exhibition spatial design and colour selections Andy Irving
exhibition graphic design Geoff Francis, Goodeye