Sunday, 17 December 2017
Our Book of the Week this week is an outstanding piece of New Zealand social and artistic history, beautifully illustrated: Strangers arrive: Émigrés and the arts in New Zealand, 1930-1980 by Leonard Bell (published by Auckland University Press). From the 1930s to the 1950s, forced migrants - refugees from Nazism, displaced people after World War II and escapees from Communist countries - arrived in New Zealand from Europe. Among them were extraordinary artists and writers, photographers, designers and architects whose European Modernism radically reshaped the arts in this country. How were migrants received by New Zealanders? How did displacement and settlement in New Zealand transform their work? How did the arrival of European Modernists intersect with the burgeoning nationalist movement in the arts in New Zealand? This book introduces us to a group of `aliens' who were critical catalysts for change in New Zealand culture.
>> Leonard Bell on Radio NZ National.
>> Was this a lonely exile? (Sally Blundel in the NZ Listener)
>> Some sample pages.
>> Click and collect from VOLUME.
“New Zealand is neither a country nor a culture, it’s a branch of the Salvation Army.” - Theo Schoon