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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.
Just opened! Activate,animate, complicate, grow: what new acquisitions can do to and for the collection showcases 22 artworks recently acquired by the University of Melbourne in dialogue with existing works from the collection. Presented as individual ‘case studies’, the relationships between works demonstrate the ways that new additions breathe life into permanent collections.rn
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