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Harold Herbert, Sunburst, 1937, watercolour on paper, 32.6 x 31.8 cm. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. The Collection of Dr Samuel Arthur Ewing
Presented to the University of Melbourne Union in 1938, the Ewing Collection comprises fifty-six paintings, prints and drawings by major nineteenth and early twentieth-century artists. By donating the collection to the university, it was Ewing’s intention that these works instruct Australians in a love of their country.
The themes of nationhood and identity remain central to Australian visual culture today, and this exhibition provides an opportunity to consider the changing values in the interpretation of Australian art.
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.
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