• Wide screen: panoramic vision in Australian art

    Robert Dale, John Dunkley-Smith, Augustus Earle, John Glover, Robert Havell, George Lambert, Patricia Piccinini, Arthur Streeton, Thomas Watling

    4 Aug 2001 to 30 Sep 2001
    Curator: Chris McAuliffe

    The ‘panorama’ began as a nineteenth-century visual entertainment presenting illusionistic landscapes in wide-screen formats. It is now seen as one of the antecedents of cinema, Imax, QuickTime VR, and other twentieth-century visual technologies.

    This exhibition draws on colonial panoramas in the University of Melbourne Art Collection: coastal profiles, city scenes, and landscapes, that encompass the breadth of the Australian panoramic vision. The panoramas are paired with photographic and digital works from contemporary Australian artists, exploring their continued fascination with the idea of vision and illusion.

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The Ian Potter Museum of Art
The University of Melbourne

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