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Charles Nettleton, Observatory, c. 1871, albumen silver photograph 24 x 36.1 cm (sight). The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Purchased 1994, the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund 1994.0050
Charles Nettleton, Fitzroy Gardens, Victoria, c. 1875, albumen silver photograph, 12.9 x 18.4 cm (sheet). The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Purchased 1993, the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund 1993.0041
Curator Chris McAuliffe will discuss the historical and contemporary images of Melbourne in this exhibition.
The new city of Melbourne excited global interest in the second half of the nineteenth century. Numerous authors, many writing for a curious audience in Europe, described the urban environment and settler society of the 'far-famed city of Melbourne' as capital of the 'British El Dorado'.
Today, Melbourne is far-famed as among the most 'liveable' cities in the world but artists present a dark, melancholy city threatened by over-development, haunted by memories of colonial occupation, and uncertain of its future.
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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.