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The Art of Death


The Art of Death

It’s the 21st century and taxidermy is fashionable once more. Gone are the days where gentleman hunters were mounting the spoils of their morbid excursions, this Victorian art-form is currently experiencing a female-led resurgence that has a reverence for wildlife and conservation at its heart.

It is this renewed interest in the art of taxidermy that The Metropolitan Club, in association with Hendrick's Gin and Highwic 1862, supported by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and the Auckland Museum, will explore in The Art of Death from the 14th September – 27th October 2019.

The Art of Death is a multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring seven female artists who will transform the rooms of Auckland's favourite gothic mansion, Highwic, into curious new settings. Supported by a programme of events and activities, the exhibition will explore the the curious life affirming possibilities found in death, interrogate the macabre and its spectrum of gothic aesthetics as well as examining attitudes toward death, mourning and commemoration through creative cultural and social practices from the Victorian era to today.

Beyond enjoying these specially created installations, visitors can go ‘beyond the ropes’ and get up close and personal by taking an introductory taxidermy class, trying their hand at life drawing's mysterious dark twin ‘Death Drawing’ with Social Ritual, attend a Hendrick’s Gin tea cup cocktail party or absinthe tasting, meet the artists at an afternoon salon or get the kids involved in a garden bug hunting art workshop.

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