Frame TV, the Samsung television that doubles as a picture frame, has added 13 New Zealand works to its digital collection. The pieces all come from Te Papa Museum.
The New Zealand collection includes a painting of Kororareka Beach, Bay of Islands by Thomas Gardiner, a watercolour of the extinct Huia bird species by Johannes Keulemans and a painting of Aoraki Mount Cook by Charles Barraud.
There are a number of fish by Frank Edward Clarke, and macro photographs of two butterfly specimens dating back to 1773 and 1839 have also been included in the collection.
Te Papa is only able to show 3─4% of its collection at any given time, so this provides a new-age means for the museum’s collection to reach far beyond Wellington.
‘This is a great way for people to have artworks from New Zealand’s national art collection on display in their home,’ says Te Papa’s Chief Executive, Geraint Martin.
‘The Frame has redefined the role of the television screen in the home, whether it be enjoying a piece from the art selection or displaying one of your own photos,’ says Jens Anders, Director of Samsung New Zealand’s Consumer Electronics division.