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The largest collection of Rita's works is held in Te Papa Tongarewa the National Museum in Wellington New Zealand. Not only is Te Papa the repository for several iconic works such as "Rutu", but Te Papa also stores the Estate of Rita Angus's own collection. Since the Life and Vision Exhibition to celebrate the centenary of Rita's birth, the paintings from the exhibition itself, (including many from private collections,) have been available online at

Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki has aquired many works from various sources over the years

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu also has a large collection including "A Goddess of Mercy" and "Cass", voted New Zealand's favourite painting.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery has several works including the infamous Smoking Rita (Self Portrait c1937) that was chosen as the publicity image for the Te Papa Life and Vision Exhibition opening.


If you have made it this far, a scenic drive to Gore, through Otago landscapes straight out of a Rita Angus painting brings you to the Eastern Southland Gallery. This is the home of the John Money Collection. There are nine rare and interesting Ritas in the collection, as well as paintings by Theo Schoon, Lowell Nesbitt and indigenous art from various places in the world. This includes some spectacular Australian paintings from well before the commercialisation of Australian indigenous Art. If that isn't enough to get you there, this small regional gallery also houses the Ralf Hotere Gallery.

In addition, many other regional galleries have individual paintings or small collections.

They include:

Te Manawa Museum and Art Gallery in Palmerston North

Hawkes Bay Museum and Art Gallery

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