Four contemporary works purchased by Te Papa

  • 05/09/2015
Te Papa (AAP)
Te Papa (AAP)

Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, is to purchase four art works by contemporary New Zealand artist Simon Denny, part of his Secret Power exhibition at this year's Venice Biennale.

The works, acquired for a total of $750,000, will come into Te Papa's collection after the Biennale exhibition closes in November, and are likely to be exhibited at Te Papa in 2016.

"We have seized the opportunity to acquire these major works by a New Zealand artist with a formidable international reputation," says Te Papa chief executive Rick Ellis.

The works addresses contemporary issues of privacy, mass surveillance, national identity and international security.

The Berlin-based New Zealander has works in major international institutions including New York's Museum of Modern Art.