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View of 5th Auckland Triennial: “If you were to live here . . . ,” 2013. Center: Michael Lin, Atelier Bow-Wow, and Andrew Barrie, Model Home, 2013. Auckland Art Gallery.

5th Auckland Triennial

Various Venues

View of 5th Auckland Triennial: “If you were to live here . . . ,” 2013. Center: Michael Lin, Atelier Bow-Wow, and Andrew Barrie, Model Home, 2013. Auckland Art Gallery.

For this edition of the Auckland Triennial, titled “If you were to live here . . . ,” the French-Chinese curator Hou Hanru, a veteran of the biennial/triennial circuit with more than a dozen such megashows under his belt—Venice, Shanghai, Lyon, Istanbul, etc.—decided to disperse the presentation throughout the city. But the Auckland Art Gallery, newly refurbished and hugely expanded, remained a major hub, where Hou cleverly integrated the triennial’s contemporary works into the collection. His thoughtful curation both foregrounded high points of the institution’s holdings—the nineteenth-century Photorealist portraits of Maori leaders by the Austro-Hungarian painter Gottfried Lindauer are worth a trip to New Zealand on their own—and produced provocative juxtapositions of the historical and the contemporary. One such memorable moment was the installation by Claire

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