EPISODE THREE: Civilising. Were New Zealand's Victorian dull, grey and repressed or were they exciting innovators laying the foundations for a flourishing and inventive metropolitan society? Was Victorian architecture our only golden age? Art societies, art schools and public art galleries flourish during this time. It seems that Maori art vanishes into museums and disappears behind a sea of red paint. Colonial artists present Maori as a dying race while the museums consign flourishing 19th century Maori art to the past and invent a false history for it. We look at how attempts to "revive" Maori art lead to imitations and pattern books. The brilliant painted meeting houses of the East Coast provide a lively alternative and a way to carry Maori art in the 20th century however there is a battle to keep it alive against the conservative views of official Maori culture. Other topics are: Searching for symbols - Maorilanders or Pakeha and a confusion of flags; An independent New Zealand ...
1 December 2007 (New Zealand)
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