Skip to main content
Exhibition visitors gather around one of Lye's kinetic sculptures. Another, smaller kinetic sculpture is seen in the background.
Len Lye


Len Lye

16 Jul - 11 Oct 2009

Len Lye will feature art works and materials never exhibited before - ranging from early sketches, paintings and batiks, through to his photographic work, animation and documentary films, and extraordinary motorised kinetic sculptures. This unforgettably exuberant exhibition surveys Len Lye's kaleidoscopic work with colour, his daring work with sound and movement and his fascination with indigenous cultures and creativity.

No Longer Available
  • Discover the art of Len Lye (1901 - 1980), one of the most radical creative minds of the modern age. This unforgettably exuberant exhibition surveys his work across film, sculpture, painting, poetry and more. Exploding with kaleidoscopic colour and pulsing with rhythmic beats, the exhibition is the largest survey of Len Lye's work ever presented.

    New Zealand-born Len Lye is a seminal figure in the history of the moving image. In his early twenties, Lye travelled throughout the South Pacific, and lived for extended periods in Australia and Samoa. Moving to London in the twenties, and then New York in the forties, Len Lye's career unfolded amidst avant garde modernism on the international stage.

    Drawing from the Len Lye Foundation Collection and Archive, the exhibition combines artworks with rarely-seen biographical ephemera, concept drawings and other working materials, many on public display for the first time.

    View the original trailer to the Len Lye exhibition.

    Curated by Alessio Cavallaro and Tyler Cann. Presented by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in collaboration with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (New Plymouth, New Zealand), and with the support of The Len Lye Foundation and the New Zealand Film Archive.


     Lenlye Partner logo grid