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Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Plaster reproduction of a gypsum votive statue of a woman, Mesopotamia (southern Iraq), Early Dynastic period, c. 2200 BCE, height: 22 cm. The University of Melbourne Art Collection, Eastern Studies Collection
Most of the objects in this exhibition were specifically acquired by the Classics and Middle Eastern Studies departments of the University of Melbourne in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1950s, to enhance teaching and research. Many of the certified casts were obtained from the prestigious international institutions which housed the originals, including the Louvre, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.
Remarkable in their own right, key works include the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, the Mesha Stele, and the Acropolis kore. The exhibition includes significant plaster casts of Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman originals that date from the 4th millennium BCE to the 2nd century CE.
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