Māori portraits to feature at various overseas exhibitions

By Numia Ponika-Rangi
  • Auckland

Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki, plans to tour 48 Māori portraits by late 19th-century painter Gottfried Lindauer to exhibitions in Berlin, Germany and Pilsen in the Czech Republic from November this year.

As part of her research, Toi o Tāmaki's Māori curator Ngahiraka Mason visited Lindauer's hometown of Pilsen.

Toi o Tāmaki Maori Curator, Ngahiraka Mason has recently returned from the Czech Republic where she visited Pilsen, the hometown of renowned painter, Gottfried Lindauer.

Lindauer came to NZ from Germany in 1874, to avoid being drafted into the army.

Lindauer went to art school in Vienna, and upon arrival in NZ, he instantly became attracted to Maori and vice versa.

These ancestors leave NZ in November for exhibitions in Berlin, Germany and Pilsen, and they'll be away for a year.