4 May - 1 September 2019

Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys brings together works from New Zealand and around the globe to explore the artist’s place in 20th-century European art.

The exhibition traces Hodgkins’ creative and peripatetic life through France, Morocco and Spain to her final days in England, examining the influence of location on her development as a modernist painter and the notion of travel and journeying as a source of artistic inspiration.

Above (detail): Frances Hodgkins, Wings over Water, 1931–32, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds Museums and Galleries, gift from the Contemporary Art Society, 1940.

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This exhibition is as much about her work as it is about the creative vision, single-mindedness and determination that was behind her success. She is an inspiring figure, who rejected expectations of women at the time, and did so with a certain purpose and style that resonates today. 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of Hodgkins’ birth, so we’re taking every opportunity to celebrate her life and work.

Sarah Farrar, Auckland Art Gallery Head of Curatorial and Exhibitions.