• Photo: Vicki Petherbridge

    Photo: Vicki Petherbridge

    Photo: Vicki Petherbridge

  • The Leonhard Adam Collection of International Indigenous Culture

    15 Nov 2012 to 24 Feb 2013
    Curator: Joanna Bosse

    The Leonhard Adam Collection of International Indigenous Culture was formed from 1942 to 1960 by Dr Leonhard Adam, a distinguished scholar and lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Melbourne. This exhibition is the second in recent years to present to the public rarely seen objects from the indigenous cultures of North and South America, Africa, Melanesia, Asia and Australia held in the collection.

    A priority is to reconnect these important holdings with contemporary communities and individuals for whom they have multi-layered cultural meanings. Our goal is to invite engagement with these beautifully crafted and culturally significant items and incorporate both past and current indigenous perspectives into our custodianship, interpretation and presentation of the collection.


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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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The University of Melbourne

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  • University of Melbourne
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