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Percy Grainger (1882–1961) and Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack (1893–1965) are key figures within Victoria’s cultural history. The University of Melbourne holds an outstanding collection of items by Grainger, a world pioneer in experimental music. Items include a number of terry-towelling costumes, whose design can be traced to the dominant modernist concerns of the early twentieth century. Similarly, paintings, prints, and drawings by the Bauhaus-trained artist Hirschfeld Mack, provide insights into the European modernist tradition.
Drawing strong visual links between the patterning and colour of the terry-towelling clothes and the colour theories of the Bauhaus, this display offers viewers the opportunity to connect with contemporary music and colour theory, and to gain insight into Hirschfeld Mack’s and Grainger’s individual quests towards utopian ideals.
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