RIP Jim Vivieaere / by JoFF Rae

Curator & Artist Jim Vivieaere passed away June 3 in Auckland.

Noted for his 1994 pacific breakout exhibition 'Bottled Ocean' (City Art Gallery, Wellington), Vivieaere was a passionate advocate for the pacific contemporary art form working with most NZ based pacific artists including long term collaborations with  Michel Tuffery and Shigeyuki Kihara. In 2007, Vivieaere exhibited in the major exhibition Le Folauga at the Auckland Museum. This exhibition travelled to Taiwan in 2008 and was shown at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts. Vivieaere returned to the Kaohsiung Museum in 2009 as co- curator to the exhibition The Great Journey: In Pursuit of the Ancestral Realm featuring NZ artists Lisa Reihana, Shane Cotton, Virginia King, Greg Semu and Michel Tuffery. Over the course of two decades, Vivieaere's remarkable career included innumerable exhibitions & residencies both domestic and international.

Of Rarotongan descent, Jim Vivieaere's contribution to Pacific Contemporary Art will long be written.