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“A great imagination may help”

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre
Ranked #12 of 65 things to do in New Plymouth
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Welcome to a place of art and ideas. Expect the unexpected at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, showing provocative contemporary art since 1970. Exhibitions change out every four months so there's always something new to experience. The new addition to the Govett-Brewster, the Len Lye Centre, showcases New Zealand-born artist Len Lye's ideas and artworks in film, sculpture, painting and photography. It also shows exhibitions of work by artists whose practice is related to Len Lye's. The boutique 60-seat cinema screens Lye's ground-breaking films, a selection of international film festivals, experimental, arthouse and cult movies, as well as a New Zealand cinema, symposia and lectures. Open seven days, 10am – 5pm (+ Thursday night films), the entrance to the art gallery is on Queen St. Entry's by donation. Be sure to save some time for the wonderful Govett-Brewster Shop where you can treat yourself or find unique gifts of books, stationery, homewares, jewellery and cool kids’ stuff.
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

Nice location but the exhibits were hard to fathom out. A great imagination may have helped, but the interpretation of the artists could be somewhat different. Maybe the should cater and appeal to more visitors rather than being a drain on the rate payers of the region.

Thank Steven1957
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

I don’t know if I visited at the wrong time but there was very little there at all. Most rooms weee empty or had only 1 item. I left disappointed

Thank John R
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

There are hardly any Len Lye exhibits (on loan to other museums?). The other exhibition was just a bit weird for me and the few things to look at were lost in the huge gallery space making it seem sterile and boring.
Even though its free the only time I go to this is with out of town visitors.

Thank AmershamP
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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

I try to visit each time I’m in New Plymouth. Very disappointing to see that much of Len Lye’s artwork is in storage. The space has been designed to showcase his large kinetic artwork. I hope with the new curator they bring back the pieces that the space was designed to display.

Thank Kiwitraveller502011
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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Great staff who are there to guide you through the amazing selections. Always great interactive activities for young kids to adults. A movie to watch and something to learn. All inside a truly beautiful building.

Thank Ayla T
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