Has it done what it was supposed to?
Art and. That’s how Te Papa chief executive Courtney Johnston describes the holdings and role of the national museum.
This year, its newest art gallery, Toi Art, turns five. Opened in 2018 by then prime minister Jacinda Ardern, the $8.4 million space, spanning two levels of the museum, was part of a major renewal of the museum’s exhibition spaces and offered 35% more floor space for art.
The gallery and Te Papa more broadly had been driven by the motivation that “art is for everyone”, Ardern was quoted as saying at the time.
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