In February 2014 two exhibitions on the eighteenth-century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi will open in Melbourne.
The State Library of Victoria will host ‘Rome: Piranesi’s Vision’ – an exhibition of Piranesi’s prints, with a particular focus on his Vedute di Roma. This exhibition will draw on the collections of the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne. It will also include illustrated books and paintings by his contemporaries. More information and details of related events on the SLV website.
The exhibition is free and will run from Saturday 22 February 2014 – Sunday 22 June 2014 at the Keith Murdoch Gallery in the State Library of Victoria.
The Ian Potter Museum at the University of Melbourne will host ‘The Piranesi Effect’. This exhibition will juxtapose Piranesi’s engravings with contemporary art. It will include objects from the Classics and Archaeology Collection and prints and folios from the Baillieu Library together with works from the University Art Collection and private lenders. More information on the Ian Potter Website.
The exhibition is free and will run from Thursday 20th February 2014 to Sunday 25th May 2014.
Symposium | Piranesi and the Impact of the Late Baroque
Thursday 27 – Friday 28 February 2014 at the University of Melbourne
In conjunction wit the two Piranesi exhibitions the Australian Institute of Art History, in collaboration with the Baillieu Library and the State Library of Victoria will host the conference Piranesi and the Impact of the Late Baroque.
The conference will bring together local and international speakers who will discuss Piranesi as artist, his vision of Rome and his importance for subsequent generations of artists.
For more information see the AIAH website – an update will follow once registration is available.