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A Loss, Again

Episode:47Te Papa Collection:Art and Photography

Suggested curriculum levels:6 – 8

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, The Arts: Developing Ideas Communicating and Interpreting

Description:Artist Ronnie van Hout used sculpture to recreate his father's shed not once, but twice over. As a kid he wasn't allowed to see inside, so neither can we. But we can meet Monkey Madness and the Sick Chimp.

Questions for students

  1. What does 'commissioned' mean? Who made these sheds and where are they displayed?
  2. How did Ronnie van Hout recreate his father's shed? Describe the process he used to make this sculpture. Why did he make two copies of the shed?
  3. What is the key idea explored by the artist in this sculpture? How did he express this idea? Describe some of the ways he did this.
  4. What does the chimp represent in van Hout's other works at Te Papa? How important do you think it is to see the works themselves before you can evaluate them? If you have seen these works, critically respond to and evaluate either the sheds or the works that use a 'stand-in'.
  5. Use the 'Ideas' response template to explore an idea of your own, inspired by something you have seen in this Tale. What research work will you need to do? What work by other artists will you look to as you develop your ideas?

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