Michael Parekowhai The Promised Land | An Insiders Guide to QAGOMA

Now in its final weeks, The Promised Land is an exceptional exhibition layered with wit and humour by New Zealand artist Michael Parekowhai.

Curated by Maud Page, the works include borrowed sculpture and pieces from the galleries own collection that span over a 20 year period. Placed in an immense space defined by eight interconnecting rooms that flow over much of GOMA’s first level, the installation resonates with themes that explore personal memory, contemporary issues and colonial history.


A highlight of the exhibition includesThe Horn of Africa 2006, a seal balancing a Steinway grand piano.

However The English Chanel 2015 is a stunning larger than life stainless steel sculpture of Captain Cook. Towering to nearly three metres in height, this sculpture is displayed in a beautifully recreated 1930’s replica of a post-Depression Art Deco House.

The most moving artwork is an impressive and intricately carved original steinway grand piano. Taking ten years to carve, He Kōrero Pūrākau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of a New Zealand river 2011 was installed at the 54th Biennale di Venezia in 2011.


Students from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University play the piano on selected Saturdays as ‘no object can fill a room like sound can’.

EAT: try the new menu the riverfront GOMA Cafe Bistro

Words by Elizabeth Lamont

Michael Parekowhai The Promised Land. Images provided by QAGOMA.

Details: The Promised Land by Michael Parekowhai | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) | Free | Until 21 June | Open daily 10:00am – 5:00pm | Daily guided tours 11:00am