Many of Rita Angus’s works have helped to form part of our visual identity as New Zealanders. The 200 works in the exhibition reveal the themes of identity, spirituality and nature that were central to her vision, and show how her commitment to pacifism and her strong feminist beliefs profoundly influenced her work.
Te Papa's Tower Gallery was divided in plan to create twelve rooms: an entry and assembly area, a reading area and ten exhibition rooms – one for each period of Angus’ artistic output. Single entry and exit points ensured visitors would experience the exhibition in correct chronological order. The design was inspired by the work of ‘Christchurch Modern’ architect Paul Pascoe, who converted a cottage of his own design into a studio for Angus. The signature architectural element in the exhibition was in the form of portals projecting