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George Bell, The visit, c. 1910, oil on canvas, 117 x 171 cm. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of Antoinette Niven 1978
Ralph Balson, Untitled,1954, oil on board, 76.2 x 101 cm. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of Sir Roy and Lady Grounds 1955. © Courtesy W Balson
Since 1972, the University of Melbourne has supported an art gallery dedicated to innovative exhibitions, public programs, publications and events. During its history, the museum has presented over 450 exhibitions ranging from classical antiquities to contemporary international projects and important surveys of the work of Australian artists.
Celebrating 40 years since the establishment of a university art gallery at Parkville, this exhibition presents a selection of the best known and most important highlights of the University of Melbourne Art Collection, revealing both the quality and the character of the collection.
The exhibition includes significant works of art by Ralph Balson, John Brack, Pat Brassington, Lina Bryans, Rupert Bunny, William Dobell, Ian Fairweather, Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack, Norman Lindsay, Sydney Nolan, Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Hugh Ramsay, Vivienne Shark LeWitt, William Strutt, Fred Williams and many others.
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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