Talk | For the Nobility, Gentry and Curious in General: Richard Dubourg’s Classical Exhibition, 1775-1819 | Melbourne Museum

Richard Duborg, Cork Collosseum, circa 1800. Melbourne Museum.

History, Culture & Collections | Humanities Department Museum Victoria Seminar Series 2014 For the Nobility, Gentry & Curious in General: Richard Dubourg’s Classical Exhibition, 1775-1819 Dr Richard Gillespie and Sarah Babister Museum Victoria has a cork model of the Colosseum made by English artist Richard Duborg circa 1800. This extraordinary model was part of Dubourg’s collection of cork models of sites from classical antiquity, exhibited in London in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The exhibition brought the Grand Tour to London, aiming to educate and entertain a diverse audience –…

Symposium | Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado

Raphael, Holy Family with Saint John or Madonna of the Rose (Sacra Famiglia con san Giovannino o Madonna della Rosa) c.1517 oil on canvas 103.0 x 84.0 cm  Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (P00302) Spanish Royal Collection

The National Gallery of Victoria is holding a public symposium to coincide with its upcoming exhibition Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado. The symposium will include local and international experts on the art of the period. Each paper will delve into the main themes of the show. Date: 1:30 – 3:30pm, Friday 16th May, 2014 Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road Bookings:  Ph +61 3 8662 1555, 10am-5pm daily or Cost $35 Adults / $28 Members / $30 C / $15 S (includes light refreshments,…

Update | Program now available for Scottish Australia Symposium

Thomas WATLING Scottish, b.1762, Australia 1792–1797, d. c.1814 Scarlet and Green Parrot (1792-1797) watercolour on paper 21.7 x 20.1 cm Natural History Museum, London

Scottish Australia Symposium | Art Gallery of Ballarat The Scottish Australia Symposium will take place from the 9-11 May in Ballarat. It will bring together a range of speakers on topics related to the exhibition and on the relationship between Scotland and Australia. Keynote Lecture ‘A country of enchantments’: Scottish Observations of Colonial Australia by Dr Lizanne Henderson, University of Glasgow is at 6:30pm, Friday 9th May 2014 at the University of Melbourne, Parkville – full details here. The full Symposium Program is now available here. Parallel sessions through both days, commencing at 9.30am and…

Public Lecture and Symposium | Scottish Australia | Art Gallery of Ballarat and University of Melbourne

Thomas WATLING Scottish, b.1762, Australia 1792–1797, d. c.1814 Scarlet and Green Parrot (1792-1797) watercolour on paper 21.7 x 20.1 cm Natural History Museum, London

Public Lecture ‘A country of enchantments’: Scottish Observations of Colonial Australia Dr Lizanne Henderson, University of Glasgow This public lecture will focus on the observations, perceptions and representations of the natural world by Thomas Watling (1762-c.1814), the Scottish born artist and engraver who was transported to Botany Bay for forgery in 1792. This will be done by investigating the late eighteenth-century intellectual and artistic contexts surrounding Watling’s life and works and the ways in which these influences might have shaped his opinions of Australia. Taking a multi- and interdisciplinary perspective,…

Exhibition and Lecture Series | Radicals, slayers and villains | Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne

The Dragon Devouring the Companions of Cadmus engraved by Hendrick Goltzius, (1588)

About the exhibition Radicals, slayers and villains shows controversial figures from history that have challenged the status-quo and helped shape our world. The striking imagery of these works is captured by seminal artists including Dürer, Goya and Rembrandt. The artists in the exhibition have been instrumental in the development of Western art and the universal theme of the individual and his or her role in society is illustrated through these extraordinarily powerful works. The exhibition has wide appeal through its representation of themes, such as the place and role of the…

Artist Talk | William Mackinnon | Holmesglen

Happy and Sad (Johnny and Walangkura), 2011 (detail)  acrylic, oil and enamel on linen. 99 x 102 cm © William Mackinnon

Art Talks Free Lunchtime Lecture William Mackinnon William Mackinnon is a Melbourne artist who graduated with a Master of Visual Arts at the VCA in 2008. As the recipient of the prestigious Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship in 2008, the artist used the two year bursary to travel through the Kimberley; working for Papunya Tula Artists as a Field Officer serving the Kintore (NT) and Kwikurra (WA) communities and as artist in residence at Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing. Mackinnon has presented an uncompromising version of indigenous community life – one that…

Exhibition | Concrete | Monash University Museum of Art

Igor Grubic  Monument 2014  video still  courtesy of the artist

Exhibition Dates | 3 May – 5 July 2014 Curator | Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow Opening event: Saturday 10 May 2014, 3-5pm at Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield campus Concrete: a solid state, a construction material, something known or true. MUMA’s second exhibition for 2014, Concrete brings together the work of twelve artists, both Australian and international. The exhibition explores the concrete, or the solid and its counter: change, the flow of time. As we prepare to mark the centenary of the First World War, the exhibition considers the impact of…

Exhibition | Emily Floyd ‘Far Rainbow’ | Heide Museum of Modern Art

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Emily Floyd – Far Rainbow Heide Museum of Modern Art until 13 July 2014 Heide Museum of Modern Art is currently exhibiting a survey of works by Melbourne based, contemporary artist Emily Floyd. The exhibition brings together key works from the past ten years of Floyd’s practice with eleven new works created specifically for Heide galleries and grounds. The title Far Rainbow is taken from a 1963 Soviet science-fiction story set on the imaginary planet Rainbow, a utopian location inhabited by artists and scientists, which faces destruction when a science…

Floor Talks | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Ceramic stoneware jar, China, c. 19th century Excavated Chinese kiln and market garden site, Bendigo Collection of Heritage Victoria

The Ian Potter Museum of Art is holding a series of floor talks open to the public. The talks run from 30th April until the 18th June and cover  a range of topics based around archaeological investigations in Melbourne and elsewhere in Victoria, with a particular focus on objects in the collections of Heritage Victoria. All talks are free to attend, no bookings required. For further details on each talk see the links below. Curator talk – Secret lives, forgotten stories: highlights from Heritage Victoria’s archaeological collection Wednesday 30 April…

Exhibition | The Medium is the Message | La Trobe University Museum of Art

Image credit: Amanda Marburg, 17, 2013, oil on linen, 80cm x 100cm, image courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery

The Medium is the Message Chris Bond | Eolo Paul Bottaro | Juan Ford | Sam Leach | Amanda Marburg | Victoria Reichelt LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art Curated by Michael Brennan Exhibition Dates: 30 April – 27 June 2014   About the Exhibition The death of painting has been declared – again and again – for the better part of two centuries. Photography did it. There was no longer a need to labour with pigment and brushes when a more faithful representation could be achieved with…

Exhibition Review | Rome: Piranesi’s Vision | Katrina Grant

Fig. 5 Piranesi, 'Veduta del Porto di Ripa Grande', Vedute di Roma, 1757-58.

Rome: Piranesi’s Vision Katrina Grant  State Library of Victoria, 22nd February until 22nd June 2014. Free exhibition. ‘When I first saw the remains of the ancient buildings of Rome lying as they do in cultivated fields or in gardens and wasting away under the ravages of time, or being destroyed by greedy owners who sell them as materials for modern buildings, I determined to preserve them for ever by means of my engravings’ – Giovanni Battista Piranesi Piranesi wrote this in his preface to the Antichità romane and it is just one…

Opportunities | Jobs, Funding, Calls for Papers | 17th April 2104

Please note there will be no Jobs and Call for Papers post next week, they will resume on Friday 2nd May. Jobs Professorship of History of Art, University of Cambridge – deadline 2nd June 2014 Junior Research Fellowship in European History/History of Art 1500-1800, University of Oxford -Oriel College – deadline 8th May 2014 Curatorial Fellowships in the Busch-Reisinger Museum (Cambridge, MA) – no specified deadline. Short-term Fellowship/Summer School Bruce Museum Interpretive Fellowship (Greenwich, USA) for exhibition ‘Northern Baroque Splendor: The Hohenbuchau Collection from the Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna’ - deadline 15th…

Exhibition | For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation | Art Gallery of Ballarat

Keeley Halswelle The Heart of the Coolins 1886 oil on canvas National Gallery of Victoria

The exhibition For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation is now on at the Art Gallery of Ballarat until July 27. About the Exhibition For Auld Lang Syne brings together artworks and objects from across Australia and overseas to mark the extraordinary contribution by the Scots to the cultural, social and political life of this nation. Throughout the nineteenth century the Scottish impact on Australia was profound. Scots contributed to the exploration of the continent,  set up schools, estbalished businesses, and were influential in medicine and the…

Artist Talk | Dominic Kavanagh, Natasha Madden and Zac St. Clair | BLINDSIDE Gallery

Dominic Kavanagh, The Beehive

 Dominic Kavanagh, Natasha Madden and Zac St. Clair | BLINDSIDE Gallery Dominic Kavanagh’s The Beehive is an installation inspired by and sourced from urban ruins. It metaphorically relates the lifeless urban scrapheap to the contrastingly buzzing, complex and teeming circumstance of an archetypal beehive. More about the exhibition here. Natasha Madden and Zac St. Clair create a utopian model for comfortable living, with a mutual inertia and optimistic apathy. By using materials that are both visually and physically comforting, utilitarian objects are created and given a rest from the obligation of their…

Lecture | Infinite social landscape: Chinese contemporary art on the global stage – Professor Yiyang Shao

Zhan Wang,“My Universe” (2011) via en.cafa.com.cn

Infinite social landscape: Chinese contemporary art on the global stage Professor Yiyang Shao China has been a land of radical changes in the past 30 years, from its economy to society, from its culture to individual life. Chinese contemporary art has become one of the most intensive and challenging parts of such a great change. Professor Yiyang Shao’s research aims to examine Chinese contemporary art in the past few decades, to explore the relationship between the work and its socio-political environment, and analyse how Chinese contemporary art engaged with its…