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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.
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.