Exhibitions

Our exhibitions are drawn primarily from the Hawke's Bay Museum's Trust collection. Permanent exhibits on the 1931 earthquake and the region’s stunning Taonga Māori are supported by changing exhibitions in seven additional gallery spaces.

February 2017

Hawke's Bay At War 1914-1918

Hawke's Bay At War 1914-1918

From the Uttermost ends of the earth, this takes us on a journey from the excitement of the men signing up for war to the reality of life in the harsh deserts of Palestine and the Sinai and the nightmare of the Western Front, The Somme and Passchendale. Memorabilia from the soldiers' families...

Date: Monday 27 February to Monday 17 April
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake

1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake

“The outline of the hill turned into a giant serpent as it heaved up and down. The shock wave swept across it, creating a monster crossing the skyline.” - NG Bailey At 10:47am on 3 February 1931, a devastating earthquake struck Hawke’s Bay. In that moment it seemed the end of the world had...

Date: Monday 27 February to Thursday 9 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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What We Make of It: Hawke’s Bay Sculpture

What We Make of It: Hawke’s Bay Sculpture

There are limitless variations in the way artists translate their perspectives into art, resulting in work as unique as the maker. The diversity of subjects and styles in the sculptures on display illustrates this very individual nature of art-making, with each of the artists creating something...

Date: Monday 27 February to Sunday 12 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Speed-lines and Ziggurats: Deco House Style

Speed-lines and Ziggurats: Deco House Style

This series of black and white photographs by Richard Wotton celebrates the Art Deco houses of Hawke’s Bay. Many of the stark walls are decorated by lines that form steps (ziggurats) or stripes (speed-lines) and more, expressing the excitement of the time for trains, skyscrapers and all things...

Date: Monday 27 February to Sunday 26 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Indra's Bow

Indra's Bow

This collaborative artwork was made by Tiffany Singh and local artist Jo Blogg, who employs similarly meticulous and ritualistic processes in her artworks. The two artists joined forces to transform the gallery space into a powerful sensory art environment. Indra’s Bow was inspired by the...

Date: Monday 27 February to Sunday 26 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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A Glimpse of India

A Glimpse of India

A Glimpse of India features a rich and diverse group of Indian objects and artworks from the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi collection. Initially purchased as tourist souvenirs, or collected for their cultural and religious significance, these were brought back to provincial...

Date: Monday 27 February to Sunday 26 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Tenei Tonu Exhibition

Tenei Tonu Exhibition

Tēnei Tonu can be interpreted as “always here” and this new exhibition shares stories of those who have always been here - Tangata Whenua. These are the kaitiaki custodians not only of this land but also of the connections to whakapapa genealogy and to culture. Taonga on display will include a...

Date: Monday 27 February to Sunday 30 April
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Out of The Box

Out of The Box

A public art collection is a rich source of shared cultural heritage with close ties to the place and people around it. This exhibition presents a broad selection of artworks from the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust Ruawharo Tā-ū-Rangi collection, which has developed through a combination of generous...

Date: Monday 27 February to Monday 5 June
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Tūturu

Tūturu

Tūturu showcases both established and emerging artists with connections to the Hawke’s Bay iwi tribe of Ngāti Kahungunu. This exhibition is a celebration of Kahungunutanga, the rich cultural heritage of Ngāti Kahungunu, and was developed in collaboration with local arts collective Iwi Toi...

Date: Monday 27 February to Sunday 20 August
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Napier Hill Cemetery Tours - Summer 2017

Napier Hill Cemetery Tours - Summer 2017

Our tours of the Napier Hill Cemetery are back this summer by popular demand. Led by Curator of Social History Gail Pope, the tour winds its way through the historic cemetery on Napier Hill, where you will discover tales of tragedy - from falling under a train after a high-spirited picnic to dying...

Date: Sunday 26 March
Where:
MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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March 2017

Ben Waters and Friends - Lifting the Blues

Ben Waters and Friends - Lifting the Blues

Jools Holland described Ben as being one of the best pianists of all time. Ben is proud to count many of the legends of boogie-woogie and rock 'n roll his colleagues and friends, having played alongside Jerry lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and The Rolling Stones to name but a few! For the concerts in...

Date: Friday 10 March to Saturday 11 March
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Lifting the Blues Concert

Lifting the Blues Concert

Back by popular demand, Ben Waters will be performing over two nights at the Brain Injury Association (HB) Inc annual "Lifting the Blues" Charity Concert. Jools Holland described Ben as being one of his favourite pianists of all time. Ben is proud to count many of the legends of boogie-woogie...

Date: Friday 10 March to Saturday 11 March
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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CMNZ: L'Arpeggiata - Music For A While

CMNZ: L'Arpeggiata - Music For A While

Experience the ingenuity and genius of French baroque superstars L’Arpeggiata in a programme which fuses Henry Purcell’s seventeenth-century theatre and court music with jazz. L’Arpeggiata takes inspiration from the recurring bass patterns on which Purcell built songs, hymns and dances...

Date: Friday 17 March
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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MADE (Music And Dance Event) For A Cause 2017

MADE (Music And Dance Event) For A Cause 2017

Are you interested in Indian Culture and Cuisine? The Hawkes Bay Indian Cultural Centre (HBICC), promoting Indian dance and music, are celebrating their 2nd Anniversary with a stage show "MADE (Music and Dance Event) For a Cause 2017". Tickets (free for children under 5 years) are available...

Date: Saturday 18 March
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Grumpy Old Women - Game of Crones

Grumpy Old Women - Game of Crones

Yes, they're back! This time with magic! Grumpy Old Women bring their Game of Crones to answer the unanswerable. How to fix absolutely everything! They conquered NZ with Grumpy Old Women, took Australia and the Universe by storm with 50 Shades of Beige and now they're in another World....

Date: Sunday 26 March
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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May 2017

CMNZ: Kathryn Stott

CMNZ: Kathryn Stott

“She plays wonderfully, allowing her music fluidity and space; her virtuoso outpourings are formidable.” The Daily Telegraph Renowned for her interpretations of French piano repertoire - full of ‘evanescent colours and shimmering, elusive light’ – British pianist Kathryn Stott will...

Date: Thursday 18 May
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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June 2017

CMNZ Presents: Masaaki Suzuki & Juilliard415

CMNZ Presents: Masaaki Suzuki & Juilliard415

"You could see the joy in the performers' faces and movements as much as you could hear it in the playing." - The New York Times Juilliard415 have established a reputation for combining youthful energy with poise, precision, and a luminous sound. Since The Juilliard School established its...

Date: Thursday 1 June
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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July 2017

CMNZ presents: Kuijken Quartet

CMNZ presents: Kuijken Quartet

"The name Kuijken represent quality. It has become a brand of excellence." Nicole Van Opstal, Radio Klara Sigiswald Kuijken, internationally recognised as a leader in historical performance practice, founded La Petite Bande in 1972 and the Kuijken String Quartet in 1986; his influence on...

Date: Saturday 8 July
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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September 2017

CMNZ presents: Imani Winds

CMNZ presents: Imani Winds

"There's a big, vivacious, steel-belt of a sound Imani gets when playing at the top of its lungs that is most appealing" - Peter Dobrin, The Philadelphia Inquirer The season concludes with fun, fire and flair. Imani Winds bring together European, American, African, and Latin American musical...

Date: Thursday 28 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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