Curator Talk

Take a walk and talk tour with the Len Lye Curator, Paul Brobbel through the Govett-Brewster's new Len Lye exhibition Tangibles: 1959 - 1961.

Tangibles: 1959-1961 is the first of two exhibitions presenting a chronological overview of Lye’s kinetic sculpture.

Acclaimed for his experimental cinema from the 1930s through to the 1950s, Len Lye largely abandoned filmmaking at the close of the 1950s to join a thriving kinetic art scene.

This exhibition presents original and reconstructed works from this important phase of Lye’s career including Firebush, Watusi, Rotating Harmonic, Roundhead, Grass and Fountain.

The kinetics are accompanied by an extensive display of Lye’s sketches and plans for large scale kinetic works in the Len Lye Centre’s upper ramp space.


  • Free


  • Sun 06 Dec


  • 11:00 am — 12:00 pm


  • 42 Queen Street
  • New Plymouth