Opening on Saturday 7 August, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s latest exhibition, Romancing the Collection, offers a love letter to the city’s public art collection.

From portraits to pop art and even a Picasso, Romancing the Collection delves into portraiture, romance, vistas, animalia, still life and abstract works. It opens with the remarkable Māori portraits painted in oils by 19th-century artists, Gottfried Lindauer and Charles F Goldie, and includes the work of other leading portraitists, Allan Ramsay, Joshua Reynolds and Henry Raeburn. 

Romancing the Collection explores all the complexities of love from first flirtation to unrequited and fickle love, and even hidden desires. As styles and sensibilities shift, the exhibition demonstrates how frivolities give way to formalisms. 

Spirited and playful, Romancing the Collection cleverly pairs historical pieces with contemporary art. Opening on Saturday 7 August, entry is free. 

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Last updated: 09 July 2021