The 80s Show

Reacquainting younger generations with a decade synonymous with pop classics and tumultuous events

Presented by Tauranga Art Gallery | Toi Tauranga

Curators Statement

Developed and toured by Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga. This exhibition has been generously supported by Craigs Investment Partners.

The 1980s represented a global boom in pop culture and conspicuous consumption. It was a decade known for neon lycra, leg warmers, pop art and the Rubik’s cube. During this time New Zealand made international headlines for its anti-nuclear stance and protests against apartheid. The art world experienced a peak not seen in the decades prior and the Treaty of Waitangi and Maori land rights took centre stage alongside major economic and social reforms.

The centrepiece of the 80s show is a selection of artworks that chart some of the high points in our cultural history contrasted against a backdrop of highly charged social and political events. Utilising the impressive Fletcher Trust Collection this exhibition explores a decade which was known for its extremes.

The 80s Show

Installation view at Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga,
Images courtesy of Tauranga Art Gallery, Toi Tauranga