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Homage to Hodgkins

Dunedin-born Frances Mary Hodgkins was a modernist landscape and still-life painter who greatly influenced New Zealand art. She was the first New Zealander to have works accepted for exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in England, and was chosen to represent Great Britain at the Venice Biennale. This April marks 150 since her birth.

Auckland Art Gallery is the first gallery to host the major touring exhibition Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys. Curated by Auckland Art Gallery’s Senior Curator of International Art, Mary Kisler, the exhibition will be accompanied by her book of the same title. It follows Frances’ nomadic life as she travelled through France, Morocco, Spain and England, which was unusual for women at the time. ‘I want people to see works they’re familiar with but I want them to see works they’ve never seen before as well,’ Mary says. The exhibition includes works from around New Zealand as well as Australia, Canada, England and Scotland.

Kisler began the project in 2010 following in Hodgkins’ footsteps during her research for the exhibition. Her second book, Finding Frances Hodgkins reflects on these travels. ‘I travelled around England and France and Spain just going to the places where she worked and looking at what she would have been looking at,’ she says. ‘So that’s what this exhibition is really about ─ it’s about discovering how important place was and demonstrating how important different locations were for her.’

Coinciding with the exhibition and the two publications is the launch of a massive online catalogue raisonné which currently includes over 1250 of Hodgkins’ works.

Dates for Touring exhibition: Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys

Auckland Art Gallery: May 4 –1 September 2019

Dunedin Public Art Gallery: 12 October 2019 – 26 January 2020

Christchurch Art Gallery: 15 February – 31 May 2020

Adam Art Gallery (Victoria University of Wellington):  19 June – 7 September 2020

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