Opening 6pm, Tuesday August 16, all welcome. Speaker: Mary Apple.

It is not often that we get to relive the past.

But, in Billy Apple’s second solo exhibition in Rarotonga, we are afforded that rare opportunity, if ever so briefly to return to New York City, 50 West 57th St, Tuesday 23rd November, 1965. On that night, Billy Apple’s exhibition Neon Rainbows opened at Bianchini Gallery.

Neon Rainbows were exactly that, a series of neon rainbow light sculptures accompanied by plexiglass rainbow sculptures and an edition of fluorescent ink rainbow serigraph prints. Taking the rainbow as its central motif, this show explored Apple’s attraction to new products and advancing technologies, and his fascination for the science of colour and light.

For Apple’s Rarotonga iteration of the show, a limited series of the original 1965 fluorescent ink rainbow serigraph prints will be shown, together with original posters from the exhibition and a rainbow sculpture.

Billy Apple is one of New Zealand’s most recognised global artists. His legacy and exhibition history are immense and needs little introduction. He is one of the original POP / conceptual artists. His name is mentioned alongside Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, David Hockney and many others. He is not, nor will he ever be your typical artist. For his entire career, Billy Apple challenged conventional understanding of art meaning and creation, his entire identity was a construct of his art practice.

That we can gather on this special occasion 57 years later to re-experience some of these iconic artworks from a single exhibition is testament to Billy Apple’s enduring art premise.


  • Tue 16 Aug


  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm


  • Beachcomber Courtyard, Taputapuatea
  • Rarotonga, Cook Islands