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Conrad Martens, Toorak, c. 1860, watercolour and gouache on paper, 45.2 x 65.5 cm (sheet). The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the Sir Russell and Lady Grimwade Bequest 1973
Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Artists include: George Bell, Duncan Cooper, Elioth Gruner, George Lambert, Daryl Lindsay, John Skinner Prout, Charles Nettleton, Tom Roberts, Arnold Shore, William Strutt
The Sir Russell and Lady Grimwade Bequest is an extensive collection of cultural material comprising artworks, photographs, decorative arts, furniture, rare books, historical documents and other memorabilia, that provides a perspective on the visual history of Australia from the time of European discovery to the 1950s.
The dominant themes of the collection reflect Sir Russell Grimwade’s desire to document the exploration, settlement and development of Australia as a nation, and the growth of Melbourne as a city. In addition to a number of works on paper by nineteenth century lithographers and engravers, works by the photographer Charles Nettleton (1826 – 1902) are included in this exhibition.
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.