Connecting Bauhaus modernism, Māori art and the art of the mentally unwell, Theo Schoon remains a controversial figure in New Zealand art.

His work was constantly in dialogue or dispute with other cultures and other artists. The first comprehensive Schoon exhibition in decades, Split Level View Finder presents his painting, graphics, photography, and jade and gourd carving, in conversation with works by contemporaries Rita Angus, Len Castle, A.R.D. Fairburn, Rolfe Hattaway, Dennis Knight Turner, Douglas MacDiarmid, Paratene Matchitt, Selwyn Muru, Arnold Wilson and Ans Westra, rethinking Schoon’s legacy for 21st-century Aotearoa.

Split Level View Finder  continues until Sunday 31 May

Extra Event

Talking with Theo
A day of talks and conversations in response to the exhibition Split Level View Finder, led by Hamish Coney
Sunday 8 March 11.00am – 4.00pm
FREE No booking necessary

Credits

Curators Dr Damian Skinner & Aaron Lister

Image Split Level View Finder: Theo Schoon and New Zealand Art, City Gallery Wellington, 2019

The exhibition is supported by the City Gallery Foundation, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the Schoon Estate, and the Fletcher Trust Collection. It is developed and toured by City Gallery Wellington. Skinner’s book Theo Schoon: A Biography was published in 2018