Now, Then, Next: Time and the Contemporary

Christchurch Art Gallery

15 June 2019 – 8 March 2020

Time and the contemporary in recent works from the collection

Time is a problem in the contemporary world—and has been both a subject and an over-arching presence in contemporary art for a while now. In this exhibition from the collection featuring several recent acquisitions, artists offer different ways to think about time, exploring the multiple anxieties of the future or the persistence of the past in the present. Time features here as a series of fleeting but colourful moments; as a kowhaiwhai design marked on the arm of a hospital chair; or as a cycle of eternal return in which everything that was old eventually becomes new again.

Curator Lara Strongman


Peter Stichbury NDE 2013, Acrylic on linen. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Peter Stichbury NDE 2013, Acrylic on linen. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū



Peter Stichbury