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Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist

18 October 2020 — 24 January 2021

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Rita Angus is one of the greatest New Zealand artists of the 20th century. Fifty years after her death, this revelatory exhibition will be the very first to bring her pioneering vision beyond the shores of her home country.

In her native New Zealand, Rita Angus (1908-1970) is an icon. Inspiring generations of artists and admirers alike, her paintings broke away from the traditional art of the time, which was based on the European tradition and dominated by a nostalgic view of Britain. Instead, Angus developed a new visual style – with strong outlines and flat, unmodulated colour – that has come to symbolise the natural beauty and independent spirit of New Zealand.

Through over 70 vivid portraits, landscapes and still lifes, this long-overdue survey charts the remarkable career of a fiercely independent woman, who like many of her contemporaries across the world – Frida Kahlo, Alice Neel and Emily Carr among others – changed the artistic landscape of her country forever.

Exhibition developed in partnership by the Royal Academy of Arts and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.


18 October 2020 — 24 January 2021

Daily 10am – 6pm Friday 10am – 10pm

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The Jillian and Arthur M. Sackler Wing of Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts