Everything You Need To Know About The New Zealand Pavilion’s Art Wall

In celebration of Aotearoa New Zealand’s rich and diverse art culture, we are proud to have partnered with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, to digitally present The Art Wall: A New Zealand Contemporary Art Showcase at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Set within the Co-operative Room in the New Zealand Pavilion, the interactive art experience showcases 120 contemporary artworks, allowing visitors to ‘hang’ their chosen piece on a large LED screen via a digital app.

From how to interact with the wall during your visit, to a sneak-peek at which pieces will be on display, here’s your go-to guide to The Art Wall at the New Zealand Pavilion.

Who curated The Art Wall?

The task of selecting just 120 pieces to tell Aotearoa New Zealand’s contemporary art story was left in the experienced hands (and eyes) of Nina Tonga, Te Papa’s Contemporary Art Curator. In collaboration with a team of specialised curators from Te Papa, Nina explored what ‘contemporary New Zealand’ art truly means and how we want to share it with the world.

The result is a vibrant art collection that spans a variety of styles, disciplines and formats – all brought to life on the digital wall.

“In the digital world we live in, we have become accustomed to seeing art in a particular way – through our screens. While many of the 120 selected works are two-dimensional, we have tried to add in a few surprises that point to a different kind of materiality and we’re really excited to see how visitors to the New Zealand Pavilion interact with these.” - Nina Tonga, Contemporary Art Curator, Te Papa

How do I interact with the Art Wall?

The Co-operative Room can be found opposite Tiaki restaurant in the New Zealand Pavilion.

Here, visitors are invited to browse through Art Wall’s curated collection via dedicated iPads, or using their own devices before selecting one to be displayed on the wall alongside their name as well as a chance to comment on why they chose this piece.

What artists are included in the collection?

From abstract expressionism to pieces inspired by a love of watching New Zealand’s native birds, Art Wall’s collection aims to introduce visitors to New Zealand’s most prominent and celebrated contemporary artists, from the 20th century to today.

Artists among this curated line-up include Colin McCahon, Brent Wong, Emily Karaka, Don Binney, Shane Cotton and Gretchen Albrecht, whose pieces range from 1968 to 2011.

“We hope that in the context of Expo 2020 this activation offers visitors a unique opportunity to connect with Aotearoa New Zealand through Te Papa’s national art collection - a collection that has been curated over 150 years.” - Nina Tonga, Contemporary Art Curator, Te Papa

The Art Wall: A New Zealand Contemporary Art Showcase will be running throughout the six months of Expo 2020, welcoming visitors to explore some of New Zealand’s finest artworks. To find out more about Te Papa, please visit: www.tepapa.govt.nz

Opening hours: 10am – 10pm, daily

Location: The Co-operative Room by Fonterra, New Zealand Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai

Please note that Art Wall may not be available if the Hosting Venue space is booked for a private event.