Current Shows

The Vivian Summer Show is on from 1 Dec – 27 January 2019. More information will be posted here on Sunday after the opening.


      Past Shows

Iain Cheesman

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ain is one of New Zealand's most fascinating artists, and is much loved for his word-play as well as his quirky visuals. This show contains entirely new bodies of work that celebrate and explore the meaning of life, using Iain's signature good humour and deep irony. It's also the ideal launch for his third book of poetry, 'tHe'.

Nicholas Ives

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New Skin for an Old Ceremony
We're excited to welcome Nicholas Ives to The Vivian for his first small show (his major solo show with us will be in Feb 2019, so watch this space!). Based in Melbourne, Nicholas is renowned for his dark, often humorous, and beautifully layered paintings. Inspired by the work of Goya, Delacroix and other masters – this body of work is as mysterious as it is magical. 

Elizabeth McClure

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Elizabeth McClure fills the Studio Gallery with a delightful installation of colourful and intriguing glass works – including a new series of sublime wall pieces. Entitled Iro Iro Iro, (a play on the Japanese words for colour and 'all sorts’), the work combines Elizabeth's signature world-class artistry with a fun, playful and accessible exploration of the materiality of the medium.


        Ivan Lup - X

1.30pm, Sunday 9th September.
Ivan Lupi is an internationally renowned performance artist whose bold, often confronting, yet deeply moving practice has seen him invited to perform across the world. Often using his body as a framework for his research, X is no different. Inspired by the 125th anniversary of Women's Suffrage in NZ. Prints from this show are available.

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        Anthony Morris - LXXX

8 September –14 October 2018
Created especially for The Vivian to celebrate 125-years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, our first all-women painting show Never an Answer – 12 Abstract Painters. Curated by Linda Tyler and Lucinda Bennett, it showcases the work of some of our most outstanding young abstract painters. 

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        Stephen Benwell

8 September –14 October 2018
Created especially for The Vivian to celebrate 125-years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, our first all-women painting show Never an Answer – 12 Abstract Painters. Curated by Linda Tyler and Lucinda Bennett, it showcases the work of some of our most outstanding young abstract painters. 


        Midnight at the Crossroads

28 July – 2 September 2018
Created especially for The Vivian to celebrate 125-years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, our first all-women painting show Never an Answer – 12 Abstract Painters. Curated by Linda Tyler and Lucinda Bennett, it showcases the work of some of our most outstanding young abstract painters. 

        Vignette

28 July – 2 September 2018
Created especially for The Vivian to celebrate 125-years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, our first all-women painting show Never an Answer – 12 Abstract Painters. Curated by Linda Tyler and Lucinda Bennett, it showcases the work of some of our most outstanding young abstract painters. 


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        A Line Between Two Points

16 June – 22 July 2018
The Vivian is delighted to showcase the work of two of our most recent represented artists, Monique Lacey and Rebecca Wallis in a single major show. While each artist has their very own unique practice, there are common  philosophical threads between them.

        Never an Answer

5 May – 10 June 2018
Created especially for The Vivian to celebrate 125-years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, our first all-women painting show Never an Answer – 12 Abstract Painters. Curated by Linda Tyler and Lucinda Bennett, it showcases the work of some of our most outstanding young abstract painters. 

        Botanical @ Fantastical

5 May – 10 June 2018
Experience Janette Cervin’s work like never before. The Vivian has commissioned Janette to paint her largest-scale works ever, and they’re really out of this world! Join us to celebrate these momentous works at the special dual preview on Saturday 5th at 4pm.


        Feet Of Clay

21 March - 29 April 2018
If you're pakeha, the idea of ‘classicism’ permeates throughout the entire history of western art. It’s troublesome though. And this fascinating show explores both its historical narrative – it’s not really a philosophy, a defined story, or a ‘movement’ at all – and its relevance to contemporary art. 

        Pop Pachimon

21 March - 29 April 2018
Pop Pachimon ポップ・パチもん  - Welcome to one of the most delightful shows of the year! Aaron Scythe (b.1971) is one of New Zealand’s most fascinating ceramic artists. Born in Auckland, Aaron discovered Japanese pottery techniques for the first time while he was studying in Sydney.

        Exodus

21 March - 29 April 2018
Exodus heralds a new chapter in the history of The Vivian, as it’s the first show curated by our Director, Scott Lawrie. With a hand-selected group of some of the most outstanding artists working in New Zealand and Australia today, it’s an experience designed to be both thought-provoking, sensational and inspiring.