• About Exhibitions

    Each year the Potter presents around 14 curated exhibitions over 3 levels and more than 900 square metres of gallery space. Through major career surveys, collection-based exhibitions and contemporary projects, we offer audiences opportunities to reflect, debate, enquire and learn. We work to promote the exchange of projects, ideas and practices between artists, curators, writers, the university and members of the larger community both here and overseas.

    Based on new research and collaboration, our curated program presents exhibitions of historical and contemporary art. We avoid received wisdoms and deliver new perceptions of art history and culture, approaching culture as something open and dynamic, rather than given.

    Our exhibitions examine the depth and diversity of artistic expression throughout the centuries, with an emphasis on Australian art of the twentieth century to the present day. During any one visit to the Potter, you could experience ancient artefacts, international indigenous culture, a contemporary art installation and major works of art by significant Australian artists of the past and present.

    Raafat Ishak: recipes for aversion and strategy. Work in progress #6. Photo: Viki Petherbridge

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Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004). With work from 1949 to 2002, the exhibition offers an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture photography. In the show, instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, and political activists including Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Malcolm X, and Bob Dylan are presented alongside portraits of the unknown or long forgotten. Coming soon, opening 6 December 2014

The Ian Potter Museum of Art
The University of Melbourne

  • Swanston Street
  • University of Melbourne
  • Parkville VIC 3010