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20 May 2000 —
18 June 2000

Ma muri ma mua
Into the Present

Ma muri ma mua/Into the Present, 2000 (installation view).
Ma muri ma mua/Into the Present, 2000 (installation view).
Ma muri ma mua/Into the Present, 2000 (installation view).
Ma muri ma mua/Into the Present, 2000 (installation view).
Ma muri ma mua/Into the Present, 2000 (installation view).
Matt Pine, Outrigger (detail). Pacific Pieces series.
Matt Pine, Outrigger (detail). Pacific Pieces series.
Peter Robinson, Untitled (installation view). Diptych.
Ralph Hotere, from the Baby Iron series, 1983.
Ralph Hotere, from the Baby Iron series, 1983.
Buck Nin, Night or the unknown (installation view).
Buck Nin, Night or the unknown (detail).
Robyn Kahukiwa, Hine titama (installation view).
Robyn Kahukiwa, Hine titama (detail).
Robyn Kahukiwa, Kai Karanga (installation view).
Robyn Kahukiwa, Kai Karanga (installation view).
John Bevan Ford, Kaitiaki (installation view).
John Bevan Ford, Kaitiaki (detail).
Faith McManus, Roses and Raranga, Cecily and me (installation view).
Faith McManus, Roses and Raranga, Cecily and me (detail).
John Bevan Ford, Te aitanga a Kiwi (installation view).
John Bevan Ford, Te aitanga a Kiwi (detail).
Kura Te Waru Rewiri, Whakamamae (installation view).
Sandy Adsett, White Maori black (installation view).
Sandy Adsett, White Mori (installation view).
Wi Taepa, Ipu (installation view).
Ralph Hotere, This is a black Union Jack, 1980 (installation view).
Robert Jahnke, Transaction II, IV, VI (installation view).
Robert Jahnke, Transaction II (detail).
Shane Cotton, x-d (installation view).
Shane Cotton, x-d (detail).
Albert McCarthy, Wall Relief (Taupō series).

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Into the Present/Ma muri ma mua is an exhibition of contemporary Māori art. Developed by Manawatu Art Gallery from their collection and toured to the Fisher Gallery, the exhibition features the work of 15 well-known contemporary artists, including Ralph Hotere, Robyn Kahukiwa, John Bevan Ford and Shane Cotton.

This exhibition explores multiple definitions of Māori art in an effort to uncover the variation that exists among artists of Māori heritage. The exhibition offers a sample of work produced by Māori artists over the last thirty years.

Work by artists such as Sandy Adsett, John Bevan Ford, Buck Nin, Faith McManus, Kura Te Waru-Rewiri and Robyn Kahukiwa illustrate the influence of customary arts on recent visual art themes. While artwork by Albert McCarthy, Ralph Hotere, Shane Cotton and Peter Robinson encourage critical analysis of the issues surrounding the definition of Māori visual art.

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News release – Ma muri ma mua/Into the Present, 2000