A Wellington Art Museum has cancelled a much-anticipated art exhibition due to cultural concerns raised by local Maori.

Mexican artist Teresa Margolles was to have her latest work 'So it Vanishes' exhibited at The Dowse Gallery in Lower Hutt as part of the New Zealand International Arts Festival.

The exhibition includes a series of machines releasing bubbles containing trace elements of water from a Mexican morgue.

Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust natural resources advisor Liz Mellish said the bubble water was culturally insensitive.


She said they were also concerned the exhibition would have been next to a sacred pataka.