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Of This Place: Margot Philips’ Landscapes

12 May - 17 September 2023

Open daily 10am to 5pm

Free entry

Fleeing her birthplace, German Jewish artist Margot Philips (1902 – 1988) found refuge in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1938. Through lush Waikato farmland and parched South Island hills, Margot discovered the means to express her distinctive post-war vision: plateau jut upwards while fields ripple like water, creating an expansive land without end.

This survey exhibition includes landscapes from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the Chartwell Collection, and the Fletcher Trust Collection, Tāmaki Makaurau, alongside works from Waikato Museum’s own extensive collection.

‘Of This Place’ offers a rare opportunity to see the breadth of this exceptional Waikato artist’s career, and through her works, to experience this place which she came to call home.



Tim Walker: Remembering my friend Margot

1pm Saturday 16 September 2023
Free - Booking Required

Hear from renowned curator Tim Walker as he reflects on the life and personal journey of artist Margot Philips. 

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The Art of Slow Looking

10am Saturday 10 June 2023
Free - Booking Required

Step out of the fray and learn the art of slow looking in this guided session with exhibition curator Dr Nadia Gush.

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Image credit: Margot Philips, 'The Nearby Hill' 1975. Oil on canvas board, 658 x 748 mm. Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1977