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Michael Stevenson: This is the Trekka

19 Oct 2013 - 20 Jul 2014

Contemporary gallery, Level 5, Te Papa

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A 1960s agricultural utility vehicle, a stack of butter boxes, a bottle of slivovitz, a structure labelled ‘The Invisible Hand’, and a trade-show desk branded ČNZ (Czech/ New Zealand). Herein lies a story of political intrigue …

The Trekka (1966-73) is a Kiwi icon - the country’s only locally designed and produced car. But despite being hailed as New Zealand made, it was actually constructed on a Czechoslovakian Škoda chassis, as ‘ČSSR’ on the rotating sign reveals. This business venture was rather remarkable in the 1960s, given the restrictions on imports to New Zealand and a tense relationship with Eastern-Bloc countries.

This installation represented New Zealand at the 2003 Venice Biennale - a prestigious international contemporary art event and, as Stevenson perhaps suggests, a place where art itself meets trade and nationalism.

Read more about this exhibition in 'Budget travel: Jonathan Bywater on Michael Stevenson’s This is the Trekka (2003)' in Off the Wall

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Amiens. From the series: The consolation of philosophy: Piko nei te matenga

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