Paradise Lost : Daniel Solander’s Legacy

14 March - 26 April, 2020

Paradise Lost is a touring exhibition of twenty works by ten New Zealand artists invited by Solander Gallery to respond creatively to the legacy of Daniel Solander and his contribution to New Zealand’s early scientific and natural history.


Employed by Joseph Banks, Daniel Solander was responsible for the collection and identification of over 130 plant specimens on Captain James Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific (1768 – 1791).


Trained by the Swedish scientist, Carl Linnaeus, Daniel Solander has left an enduring legacy in the botanical and cultural heritage of New Zealand.


The participating artists are: John Pusateri (Auckland), Alexis Neal (Auckland), Dagmar Dyck (Auckland), John McLean (New Plymouth), Tabatha Forbes (New Plymouth), Michel Tuffery (Wellington), Sharnae Beardsley (Christchurch), Jo Ogier (Christchurch), Lynn Taylor (Dunedin) and Jenna Packer (Dunedin).


In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Pākehā during James Cook and the Endeavour’s 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand. Tuia – Encounters 250 will acknowledge this pivotal moment in our nation’s history as well as the extraordinary feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier.

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