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Since the University of Melbourne’s inception in 1853, thousands of beautiful, rare, bizarre, and invaluable pieces have been collected. Art and artefacts, curious pieces from the earliest scientific laboratories, important historical items, and specimens from exotic expeditions, are carefully catalogued, stored, and treasured. Curiosity features a selection of more than 100 items from fields as diverse as art, history, music, medicine, science, and zoology. Items include Ned Kelly’s death mask, obsolete medical tools and educational devices, extinct birds, etchings by Rembrandt and Tiepolo, and letters by Tchaikovsky and Thomas Hardy.
Just opened! Activate,animate, complicate, grow: what new acquisitions can do to and for the collection showcases 22 artworks recently acquired by the University of Melbourne in dialogue with existing works from the collection. Presented as individual ‘case studies’, the relationships between works demonstrate the ways that new additions breathe life into permanent collections.
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