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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.
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