Spanning 70 years with work by more than 100 artists, the exhibition presents contemporary Māori art as standing tall – toi tū – and healthy – toi ora – while reinforcing the wisdom and ideas that empower Māori and Indigenous ways of knowing.
The exhibition is framed by the Māori creation narrative, making way for a new mode of experience.
The Māori creation story speaks of our celestial origins, understood as the realm of the gods or Ira Atua. This then connects to the terrestrial realm of humankind, Ira Tangata. The artworks are presented as one connected art movement and, much like Māori culture itself, this is nuanced, vibrant and diverse.