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Intersections: Ceramics from Ralph Hotere's Personal Collection


1877 Gallery
21 March – 6 September 2015

Over 70 artworks featured in this exhibition, which explored the moments of intersection between renowned artist Ralph Hotere and fellow creative types.

The pieces represented some of the works and artists Hotere admired and spent time with, the work he bought or exchanged, and those he collected and retained for personal reasons. The majority were made by renowned New Zealand potter Barry Brickell, who was also a close friend of Hotere.

While his Driving Creek, Coromandel studio was under construction in 1975, Brickell moved to Dunedin and Hotere provided him with a house and studio in Port Chalmers. Brickell built a kiln there and pots fired in it were exhibited at Dunedin’s Bosshard Gallery in 1977 alongside works by Hotere and Michael Trumic.

After attending the Intersections exhibition opening, Brickell thought visitors would appreciate the opportunity to touch ceramics like those on display. He created four touchable tiles that were added to the display.

The exhibition also featured works from Nicholas Brandon, Lawrence Ewing, Mirek Smíšek, Ann Verdcourt, Michael Trumic, Chester Nealie and Adair Bruce.

Exhibition statistics:

32 067 visitors
Finalist – Best Spatial Design category at New Zealand’s Best Awards