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Mervyn Napier Waller’s study for the Leckie window (left) and Australian symbolic figures (right). Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Rupert Bunny, Oedipus and the Sphinx, c. 1911, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Purchased 1960
This exhibition showcases the University of Melbourne Art Collection. The Grimwade Gallery displays for the first time Mervyn Napier Waller’s outstanding mural (c. 1940), which was originally commissioned for the Royal Insurance Company building located at 414 Collins Street, Melbourne. The mural was recently removed from its long-term location in the University of Melbourne’s Architecture Library, and conserved.
The large-scale figurative mural is displayed alongside other works by the artist, in addition to works by Mervyn Napier Waller's wife, Christian Waller, artist-colleague Norman Macgeorge, and Rupert Bunny. Included in this exhibition is the rarely seen study for the Ian Potter Museum of Art’s iconic stained glass Leckie window.
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.