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Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Hugh Ramsay, Seated Girl, c. 1894–98, oil on canvas on board. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of Melbourne High School to Melbourne Teachers College 1965
Since the University of Melbourne’s inception in 1853, thousands of rare and invaluable pieces have been acquired by the university. The University of Melbourne Art Collection has been shaped over more than 150 years by the many individuals who have donated, acquired, and commissioned artworks. The collection comprises fascinating items of diverse cultural significance.
This exhibition is part two of a display that incorporates the rotation of focus artworks and key series. It profiles several of the university’s collection strengths and includes artworks from the Gerard Herbst Poster Collection, the Rupert Bunny Collection, a group of Japanese ukiyo-e prints, and major early twentieth century paintings by the Australian artists Hugh Ramsay and George Bell.
Now open, The world is not a foreign land brings together work by Timothy Cook, Djambawa Marawili, Ngarra, Rusty Peters, Freda Warlapinni and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Crossing three geographically and culturally distinct regions—the Tiwi Islands, the Kimberley, and North-eastern Arnhem Land—each artist presents sometimes strikingly different perspectives on what constitutes Indigenous contemporary art.