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Absinthe Obscura: Meet the Green Fairy

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Highwic - Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

40 Gillies Ave

Epsom

Auckland, Auckland 1023

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There is perhaps no spirit so notorious as Absinthe. Known colloquially as the La Fee Verte or Green Fairy it was wildly popular and then banned for being hallucinogenic and precipitating murder. More than a century later, premium absinthes are quietly back on the market and The Metropolitan Club has teamed up with esteemed Absintheur Johan Rijnbende to help you discover the Green Goddess for yourself.

Learn about the history and myths of this notorious spirit in a two hour session at Auckland’s favourite gothic mansion Highwic, enjoy a tasting of several brands that are prepared in the traditional way using an absinthe fountain while taking in curious performances and food to match. Your ticket price also includes a private tour of The Art of Death taxidermy exhibition hosted in the rooms of this historic house.

In honour of the artistic associations and purported hallucinatory effects of Absinthe, the 19th October session will feature a visit from the Green Fairy, who will be conjuring up a Snake Woman from the spirit world.

Absinthe has been frequently and improperly described as being hallucinogenic despite no study demonstrating that it has such properties. It is widely accepted now that reports of hallucinogenic effects of absinthe were attributable to the poisonous adulterants being added to cheaper versions of the drink at the time such as oil of wormwood, impure alcohol, and poisonous colouring matter such as copper salts.

The belief in the other-worldly effects of the drink stuck though with many artists and writers valourising its powerful psychoactive properties, describing it as mind opening, detailing that they experienced a "clear-headed" feeling of inebriation and a "lucid drunkenness". Such feelings may have been caused by the fact that some of the herbal compounds in the drink act as stimulants, others as sedatives, creating the effect of having one’s senses sharpened and relaxed simultaneously.

Please note: Absinthe Obscura is for people 18 years and older. Responsible imbibing is encouraged.


ABOUT THE ART OF DEATH EXHIBITION

​It’s the 21st century and taxidermy is fashionable once more. Gone are the days where gentleman hunters were mounting the spoils of their morbid excursions, this Victorian art-form is currently experiencing a female-led resurgence that has a reverence for wildlife and conservation at its heart. It is this renewed interest in the art of taxidermy that The Metropolitan Club, in association with Hendrick’s Gin and Highwic, supported by Heritage NZ and the Auckland Museum, will explore in The Art of Death from the 14th September – 27th October 2019.

The Art of Death is a multi-disciplinary exhibition by seven female artists which will transform the rooms of historic gothic mansion Highwic, into curious new settings. Supported by a programme of events and experiences, the exhibition will explore the the curious life affirming possibilities found in death, interrogate the macabre and its spectrum of gothic aesthetics as well as examining attitudes toward death, mourning and commemoration through creative cultural and social practices from the Victorian era to today.

Beyond enjoying these specially created installations, visitors can go ‘beyond the ropes’ and get up close and personal by taking an introductory taxidermy class, trying their hand at life drawings’ mysterious dark twin ‘Death Drawing’, attend an absinthe tasting, meet the artists at an afternoon salon over a Hendrick's Gin or get the kids involved in a garden bug hunting art workshop

​The exhibition will take visitors from taxidermy of the past, with a display of historical pieces from the Auckland Museum’s collection not normally on public display including a jaguar, badger, wombat and bear, as well as items from Highwic’s own collection, to the present, with room installations by artists Antoinette Ratcliffe, Karley Feaver, Hayley Theyers, Sophie MacDonnell, Jane Thorne, Paola King-Borrero and Kate Rampling. The Art of Death exhibition hopes that the experience of taxidermy and other death related art forms, combined with multi-sensory events and experiences, will encourage us all to live fully by exploring our own ideas of mortality.

This thoroughly modern take on this historical art-form will run from the 14th September – 27th October, at Highwic. Entry to the exhibition is $10 which goes towards the preservation and upkeep of this important Heritage NZ property.

Highwic is located at 40 Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland 1023 and is open Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm. Events and experiences during The Art of Death exhibition take place at various times. For further information please visit www.themetropolitan.club

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40 Gillies Ave

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Auckland, Auckland 1023

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