Artspace Aotearoa presents ​Guy Ngan: Either Possible or Necessary,​ an exhibition that draws from the works, practices and philosophies of painter, sculptor, educator, and screen printer Guy Ngan (1926 - 2017). This exhibition features previously unseen artworks from several public and private collections and actively ​explores Guy Ngan’s rich artistic practice, as well as his social vision in his time as an educator and artist from Aotearoa New Zealand.

Opening on Friday 7 June 2019, ​Either Possible or Necessary ​will emphasise the public-facing, imaginative perspective of Guy Ngan’s practice. Ngan’s contributions to public sculpture in Aotearoa, and his commitment to what these works represent and can achieve form the core of the exhibition. For Artspace Aotearoa, this connection is felt through our building, our concrete and location, as Ngan’s bronze relief, ​Star​, has adorned the building’s façade since its construction in 1973. As a part of the exhibition, three contributing artists (Stella Brennan, Mark Harvey, and Bronwyn Holloway-Smith) will be researching, recovering, and presenting aspects of Guy Ngan’s legacy, departing from their own practices.

Either Possible or Necessary ​runs concurrently with the Dowse Art Museum’s exhibition on Guy Ngan, ​​Habitation ​(18 May - 15 September 2019). Artspace Aotearoa and the Dowse are collaborating on a publication on the occasion of these exhibitions.


  • Fri 07 Jun


  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm


  • Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road
  • Newton
  • Auckland