Colin McCahon is New Zealand's first painter of major international importance.
Since his death in 1987, his work and life as a painter, teacher and museum curator have
become the subject of much discussion and research.
Organised by Dr Marja Bloem of the Stedelijk Museum in Holland, this major survey
exhibition presents more than 70 works – from the late 1930s to the early 1980s – by this
major modernist painter.
McCahon's work includes the exploration of the nature of spiritual belief and
experience. Also central to his work are the issues of identity and spirituality through
the New Zealand landscape, an exploration of Maori and environmental concerns and an
attempt to engage with the challenges of "modernism" and abstraction.
The exhibition is curated and toured by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam with organisational
support by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.
Sponsored by Creative New Zealand and private patrons in New Zealand and Australia.