Exhibition | Gunter Christman: Now and Then | Heide Museum of Modern Art

acrylic and mixed media on canvas
137 x 122cm
© The Estate of Gunter Christmann and Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

Gunter Christman: Now and Then is on now at Heide Museum of Modern Art until 16th November 2014. EVENT | This Saturday (2nd August 2:00pm) Artist Simon Barney, a friend and colleague of Gunter Christmann for thirty years, talks about Christmann’s inspirations, techniques and perspectives on art. Free with entry. About the Exhibition At the time of his death in 2013, Gunter Christmann was gathering anew the type of critical and public attention that surrounded his striking debut as an artist in the 1960s. Painting for himself rather than the market throughout his long career, he moved easily between personal subjects and themes with universal qualities, finding a congenial truce between his European sensibility and an affection for the intimacies of his…

Lecture | Dr Peter Donaldson Insights into the Travels and Botany of Joseph Hooker

Photo by Peter Donaldson

Dr Peter Donaldson | Insights into the Travels and Botany of Joseph Hooker Dr Peter Donaldson, an illustrated talk on the “Insights into the Travels and Botany of Joseph Hooker” This talk will be an expansion on last year’s talk on the travels of Joseph Hooker. In particular it will follow Peter’s recent travels in the USA retracing the 1877 journey of Hooker and the great American botanist Asa Gray to the Rocky Mountains and West Coast. It includes the hunt for missing correspondence between the two where Hooker proposed a similarity between the plants of the Southern Rocky Mountains and the Russian Altai. Peter will also show and discuss some of his short videos created for the Joseph Hooker Correspondence Project of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.…

Floor Talks | Make it Last Longer: Conservation Conversations at the Ian Potter Museum of Art

Visitors enjoy Stephen Bush: Steenhuffel via Ian Potter Museum of Art website

If you want to know how to look after your collections, or how conservators analyse, preserve and conserve cultural material, you are welcome to attend this free event. Learn how art and science merge with a behind the scenes tour of our secretive laboratories. Led by the second year students in the Master of Conservation Cultural Materials at the University of Melbourne, this promises to be a fascinating insight into the preservation of culture. Meet in the foyer at the Potter and be taken on a series of lightning talks on selected works around the gallery. Then, head to the CCMC labs for a behind the scenes look at conservation science and practice. Attendance is free but RSVP essential via the Ian…

Floor Talks | Italian Masterpieces at the NGV

Mengs and Batoni

See the NGV’s permanent collection in a new light as curators and conservators take visitors through the permanent displays, making connections with artists and works featured in the Italian Masterpieces. Please note these talks are not in the Italian Masterpieces exhibition but held in NGV’s permanent collection. Friday 1 August Renaissance portraiture & personalities: Lucrezia Borgia | Speaker Carl Villis, Conservator of European Paintings before 1800 Friday 8 August Love and marriage in the Italian Renaissance | Speakers Dr Matthew Martin, Curator, Decorative Arts & Antiquities and Sophie Matthiesson, Curator, International Art Friday 15 August Veronese and Tiepolo | Speaker Carl Villis, Conservator of European Paintings before 1800 Friday 22 August Mengs and eighteenth-century portraiture | Speaker Laurie Benson, Curator,…

Online Resources | New Museum and Gallery Collections Online

Jacopo da Pontormo
Standing Male Nude Seen from the Back, and Two Seated Nudes. Verso: Striding Nude with Arms Raised, Morgan Library and Museum.

A round-up of some recent(ish) announcements of new online databases of collections from art museums and galleries around the world. The Morgan Library & Museum – Drawings Online A digital library of over 12 000 images. All the major European schools are represented in the collection, with particular strengths in Italian, French, British, Dutch, Flemish, and German masters. The collection also includes drawings by American artists as well as a growing number of modern and contemporary works on paper. The Morgan Library & Museum – Rembrandt Prints Online Almost five hundred images from the Morgan’s exceptional collection of Rembrandt etchings available for the first time. The Morgan holds impressions of most of the three hundred or so known etchings by…

Opportunities | Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers, Art Prizes | July 25th

Jobs Professorship in History of Contemporary Art, Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa – deadline 31st August 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow in Early Modern Europe, University of Oxford (project ‘Marrying Cultures: Queens Consort and European Identities 1500 – 1800’) – deadline 6th August 2014 Head of Research, The Courtauld Institute of Art – deadline 8th September 2014 Assistant Curator, UTS Gallery, University of Technology, Sydney – deadline 7th August 2014 Research Associate (Fixed Term), for Conspiracy and Democracy: History, Political Theory and Internet Research, Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Central Cambridge, University Of Cambridge – deadline 13th August 2014 Senior Conservator, Objects, National Museum of Australia – deadline 11th August 2014 Collections Manager, Shrine of Rememberance, Melbourne –…

Updated | Nominate an Artist for the Sydney Peace Prize

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The Sydney Peace Prize is a celebration of inspiring people and their achievements. The award has national and international significance in terms of support given to leaders for peace and identifies Sydney as a city with a prominent peace agenda. The Sydney Peace Foundation has set a theme for 2015 ‘The Art of Peace’, to provide a framework for a more targeted selection process and an advocacy program centering on the theme. The Art of Peace The theme for 2015 is “The Art of Peace”, the theme marks the centenary of the First World War and draws attention to the role of art in the pursuit of peace. Criteria for Selection The Sydney Peace Prize is awarded to an individual or an…

Floor Talk with Vincent Alessi and winner of the Basil Sellers Art Prize 2014

One of the finalists | Raquel Ormella
born Sydney, 1969, lives Sydney
Wealth for toil I 2014
cotton, metallic thread, synthetic polymer paint
220 x 270 cm
© Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane

Saturday Floor Talk | Basil Sellers Art Prize 2014 | Join Curator Vincent Alessi in conversation with the Basil Sellers Art Prize winner for 2014. Sixteen finalists have been selected for the fourth Basil Sellers Art Prize and are; Tony Albert, Narelle Autio, Zoe Croggon, Gabrielle de Vietri, Ivan Durrant, Shaun Gladwell, Richard Lewer, William Mackinnon, Rob McHaffie, Noel McKenna, Rob McLeish, Fiona McMonagle, Raquel Ormella, Khaled Sabsabi, Jenny Watson, and Gerry Wedd. The winner will be announced on 25 July 2014. Venue: Ian Potter Museum of Art, Swanston ST, Univeristy of Melbourne Parkville Date: Saturday 26 Jul 2014, 1.00- 2.00pm Free event | RSVP via this website.

Exhibition Review | Atua: sacred gods from Polynesia | David Hansen

Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia Stone figure 19th century, Musée du quai Branly, Paris © 2013. Musée du quai Branly photograph: Hughes Dubois/Scala, Florence

  This is a ‘pre-print’ version of a review to be published by the University of Hawai’i Press in The Contemporary Pacific (vol. 17 no.1) in early 2015. Atua: sacred gods from Polynesia is on at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra from 23 May – 3 August 2014 As you pass between the split-text panels at the entrance to Atua: sacred gods from Polynesia, your first encounter is with two semi-abstract totemic figures from a ritual sanctuary or marae, carved by contemporary Cook Island artist Eruera Nia. Embedded in a low, square, grey plinth, these silver-weathered woodenarabesques or parentheses are at once descriptive and abstract, hieratic and dynamic, leaping up into vision and consciousness in a manner comparable to that of…

Melbourne Portrait Group Seminar | Deirdre Coleman

Automaton clock representing François-Dominique Toussaint (L’Ouverture). Melbourne, Johnston Collection.

Deirdre Coleman ‘Touissant Louverture in the Johnston House Museum’ The Haitian revolution was the only successful slave revolution in history, transforming the French colony of Saint-Domingue into the independent republic of Haiti. To what extent can we see the Johnston House Museum’s automaton clock and other ‘portraits’ of Toussaint L’Ouverture as part of the West’s disavowal of the Haitian revolution’s political goals of racial equality and racial liberation? Date: Monday 27 July, 6:30pm. Venue: Please note changed venue for this month’s seminar – Linkway room, 4th floor, John Medley Building (Building 191), University of Melbourne, Parkville (map). To follow the Melbourne Portrait Group visit their website.

Nite Art Melbourne 2014


Nite Art Melbourne is returning for its second year. On Wednesday 23rd July over 40 sites across Melbourne will open from 6pm until late. Galleries and Museums including the NGV, ACMI and the Ian Potter Museum of Art will be open alongside smaller galleries, artist-run spaces and temporary installations. The program is organised around precincts across the city: Melbourne University, Flinders Lane, Upper Bourke, Federation Square, North Melbourne, Spencer St, Guildford Lane and the Arts Centre. NiteArt has also collaborated with Open House Melbourne and several buildings from the 2014 program will be open for NiteArt with exhibitions at the J Substation, Grainger Museum, Royal Melbourne Hospital Tunnels, Kelvin Club and Athenaeum Library. As well as exhibitions there are walks, tours, talks, and workshops including: FUTURE NOW: What might the…

University of Melbourne Cultural Treasures Festival


The Cultural Treasures Festival will be held at the University of Melbourne on 26–27 July. Visitors to the Cultural Treasures Festival will also be able to visit the University’s architectural heritage campus sites in the Melbourne Open House program, and view the antiquarian and rare books, prints and maps in the Rare Book Fair in Wilson Hall. The rich tradition of collecting at the University of Melbourne is  reflected in its diverse museums, scientific collections, archives, libraries and public art. Collections range from historic daisy specimens in the University Herbarium, collected by Sir Joseph Banks and Dr Daniel Solander on the first exploratory voyages to Australia in the early 1770s and a skeleton of the extinct New Zealand moa in…

Lecture | Moctezuma: the question of headdress and heritage | José Antonio González Zarandona

mexican headress weltmuseum

Controversy has always surrounded Moctezuma II, one of the most fascinating figures in the history of Mexico. As the Aztec emperor who welcomed Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortés, who eventually conquered the Aztec empire, Moctezuma II is considered a traitor by some Mexicans, and a great leader by others. It has long been alleged that amongst the silver and gold Cortés took back to Spain to lay before his king was the headdress of the Aztec emperor, now displayed in all its finery at the Weltmuseum in Vienna. The authenticity of this headdress was highly contested for decades, leading to a number of investigations that were, not surprisingly, influenced either by the aspirations of Mexican nationalists, or European colonialists’ views of…

Exhibition | Reflections: Australian Landscape and Still Life | Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

Margaret Preston, Flannel Flowers, c.1928

Reflections: Australian Landscape & Still Life is an exhibition put together by the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum Collection. This free exhibition will run at the Bundoora Homestead from Friday 18 July to Sunday 28 September 2014. The exhibition takes the viewer on a journey from the Golden Period of Australian Impressionism through the Edwardian era to modern and contemporary art. The exhibition includes still life works by A.M.E. Bale, Clarice Beckett, Rupert Bunny, Arthur Streeton and Margaret Preston. Preston’s Flannel Flowers (c.1928), is a strong example of the fine line work and two-dimensional interpretation of still life via printmaking. Proteas, daisies and native flowers were carved into a woodblock and remind us of the vibrancy and colour of…