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Aboriginal Victoria, Parrying shield (side A), late nineteenth century, wood and natural pigment. The Leonhard Adam Collection of International Indigenous Culture, the University of Melbourne. 1960.0689
John Gould, artist
Elizabeth Gould, artist
Charles Joseph Hullmandel, lithographer
Ptilonorhynchus holosericeus, Kuhl [Satin bower-bird], c. 1844, lithograph, originally published in vol. 4 of The birds of Australia, 7 vols, London, 1840–48; printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the Society of Collectors 1951. 1951.0003
Join curator Donna Leslie as she discusses her discoveries and decisions in developing this exhibition.
This exhibition considers afresh Aboriginal and European cultural ways of seeing the natural world in Australia. Featuring bark paintings, nineteenth century natural history illustrations of Australian birds and animals, and contemporary Australian botanical illustrations, it is a thought-provoking and beautiful exhibition.
Viewers are encouraged to consider Aboriginal ways of seeing the natural world through stories and cultural meanings, and to contemplate European cultural traditions in seeing and depicting nature through observation and documentation.
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More information about the exhibition here.
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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