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Pall Mall Cross

ArtistGina Matchitt
Production Date1999
Mediumcard, silver, stainless steel and wire
Size75 x 55 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Subjectscrosses (objects), Christianity, religious art, religious symbolism, symbols, logos, brands, signs, popular culture, cigarettes, humor, satire
Accession Date10 Aug 2000
Accession NoC2000/1/20
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2000


Pall Mall is the name of one of the oldest brands of tailor-made cigarettes available on the New Zealand market. They were marketed, years ago, with the promotional words ‘exclusive in quality, pre-eminently the best, wherever particular smokers congregate’. By associating a traditional cigarette label with a key symbol of Christian faith, Matchitt reveals that he colonisation of New Zealand brought diverse ‘gifts’ and emblems to Māori and their country. (Sea Knowing and Island Looking, 2002)

Exhibition History

Auckland Art Gallery
Hei konei mai: We'll meet again
28 January - 30 May 2006
Curated by Ron Brownson

Auckland Art Gallery
Sea Knowing and Island Looking
29 June 2002 - 6 April 2003
Curated by Ron Brownson

Auckland Art Gallery
Purangiaho Seeing Clearly
15 September - 25 November 2001

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