"Heavenly Beings" : Icons of the Christian Orthodox
Iconography exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery in Australia
Opening on Friday 15 April – Good Friday in the Catholic liturgical calendar – Heavenly Beings: Icons of the Christian Orthodox World introduces the tradition of the devotional art of the Christian Orthodox faith in an exhibition of icons drawn from across the world.
..."Heavenly Beings: Icons reveals the beauty and power of icons, both for general audiences today and for people across centuries throughout the far-flung regions of the Eastern Orthodox community. It explores their dynamic role in the lives of pilgrims, priests and everyday believers of the early modern world."
This ancient visual tradition is surveyed through 118 captivating icons, dating from 1350 to 1800. After the fall of Byzantium in 1453, the icon tradition associated with Constantinople, the seat of Eastern Christianity, continued and flourished across the Orthodox world.
The exhibition brings together masters, such as the Cretans, Angelos Akotantos, Andreas Pavias, Nikolaos Tzafouris and Constantine Tzanes, whose holy subjects vibrate with life against shimmering gold leaf backgrounds. Visitors will be invited to discover the great guardian saints who gave hope to ordinary people throughout the ages: Saints Nicholas, George, Elijah, Paraskeva and many more, beloved as healers, warriors, consolers and miracle workers.
Heavenly Beings: Icons reveals the beauty and power of icons, both for general audiences today and for people across centuries throughout the far-flung regions of the Eastern Orthodox community. It explores their dynamic role in the lives of pilgrims, priests and everyday believers of the early modern world. For followers, then and today, such images of holy figures, painted on gilded wooden panels according to age-old methods, serve as ‘windows into heaven’ during the act of prayer.
The most ambitious exhibition of icons to be staged in Australasia, Heavenly Beings: Icons unites exceptional examples from private and public collections across Aotearoa and Australia. In doing so, it lifts the veil on a profound and rich tradition that is alive and well in Tāmaki Makaurau and throughout our vibrant nation.
Members FREE – Become a Member Adult $24.50 Seniors and Community Card holders $19.50 Student [with Student ID] $19.50 Children 12 and under FREE + a free Gallery Self-Guide activity booklet available online here and at the front desk (All children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult) How to book: On the day – You can buy tickets on any day of the exhibition (Friday 15 April – Sunday 18 September) from the Gallery's information desk on our Ground level. Please note that due to limited exhibition capacity, you will be booked into hourly sessions throughout the day. These tickets are available until exhibition capacities are reached. For priority exhibition entry for a particular time and date, please buy your ticket in advance via Eventfinda. In advance – We're also partnering with Eventfinda to offer online advance ticket sales for Heavenly Beings: Icons of the Christian Orthodox World. Advanced ticket sales are available now via Eventfinda. Heavenly Beings: Icons of the Christian Orthodox World is open till Sunday 18 September 2022 and tickets may still be available from our information desk to purchase on the day. For updates on ticket availability, please call 09 379 1349. Buy tickets More information Prices include GST. Booking and delivery fees, where charged, are additional to the admission price. There is no entry charge for children aged 12 or under. Auckland Art Gallery Members go FREE: Present your membership card at the information desk on the day of your visit and you will be issued with a ticket to the exhibition. Members with guest passes may also bring their guests for FREE. Become a Member on the day of your visit to Heavenly Beings: Icons of the Christian Orthodox World to receive a refund of the price of your exhibition ticket.