Unpacked is part of Te Papa’s broader programme to work with regional museums and galleries. “We work hard to ensure New Zealand’s national treasures are accessible to more people in more places,”
Te Papa’s Chief Executive Rick Ellis says. The Whangarei Art Museum and Te Papa worked together on the rotating programme of art, which features a different work in the space every three months.
Te Papa’s Curator Historical New Zealand Art, Dr Rebecca Rice, says of the painting, “By the time Hodgkins painted Still life: self-portrait in the 1930s, she was a leading modern artist in Britain. Already in her 60s, she knew that her age and gender might threaten the reception of her work. Her self-portrait, then, is actually a still life. The mirror in the centre refuses to reflect.”
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