Symposium | Piranesi and the Impact of the Late Baroque | Full Program

Piranesi and the Impact of the Late Baroque

Thursday 27th – Friday 28th February 2014 | University of Melbourne

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Remains of the aqueduct of Nero, 1760-78, etching, Baillieu Library Print Collection, the University of Melbourne.

The Australian Institute of Art History, in collaboration with the University Library and the State Library of Victoria will host a conference on Piranesi and the Impact of the Late Baroque on 27 and 28 February 2021 at the University of Melbourne.

The conference is conceived in relation to the exhibition, Rome: Piranesi’s vision, 22 February – 22 June, 2014, State Library of Victoria, and the related exhibition The Piranesi Effect, 20 February – 25 May, 2014, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne.

The full program is available here Piranesi Program (pdf).


His Excellency Pier Francesco Zazo, The Italian Ambassador to Australia | Professor Luigi Ficacci Emeritus Soprintendete of Bologna | Professor Jaynie Anderson, Director AIAH, Herald Chair of Fine Art, University of Melbourne | Dr Colin Holden, Senior Fellow of the School of Historical Studies | Warren Andrews, The University of Sydney, Art History and Film Studies, PhD candidate | Philip Kent, State Librarian, University of Melbourne | Associate Professor David Marshall, Principal Fellow, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne | Professor Gerard Vaughan, Gerry Higgins Professorial Fellow, AIAH, University of Melbourne | Shane Carmody, Senior Development Manager, University Library, University of Melbourne | Kerrianne Stone, Special Collections Curatorial Assistant (Prints), University of Melbourne | Mary Kisler, Curator, Auckland Art Gallery |Associate Professor Robert Gaston, Principal Fellow, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne | Ron McBurnie, Contemporary Artist, Lecturer James Cook University |Professor Paolo Tombesi, Chair in Construction, Faculty of Architecture, University of Melbourne | Jane Clark, Curator, MONA | Dr Susanne Meurer,University of Western Australia |John Nicholas Weretka, University of Melbourne, PhD candidate | Bill Henson, Contemporary Artist

Venue: Melbourne Brain Centre, Kenneth Myer Building, University of Melbourne

Date: Thursday 27th February -Friday 28th February, 9:15-5pm

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Attendance is free. Seating limited, bookings required via link above.


Thursday Keynote Lecture

Bill Henson on Piranesi

Bill Henson is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. Born in Melbourne in 1955, Henson had his first solo exhibition, at the age of 19, at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1975. He has since exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas, including New York, London, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Montreal, Barcelona, Vienna and Amsterdam. In 1995 Henson represented Australia at the Venice Biennale, with his celebrated series of cut-screen photographs. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of NSW.

Date: Thursday, 27 February 2014, 6.00pm to 7.00pm

Venue: Sunderland Theatre, Medical Building, The University of Melbourne

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All enquiries please contact Hamish Carr or phone 8344 8957.

Conference supported by the State Library of Victoria, the Ian Potter Museum, The Italian Institute of Culture, Australian Institute of Art History and the University Library, the University of Melbourne.

The symposium is in conjunction with the following exhibitions.

The Piranesi Effect at the Potter 20 February until 25 May 

Piranesi’s works are  juxtaposed with Roman and Etruscan antiquities, also works by contemporary artists Rick Amor, Michael Graf, Mira Gojak, Andrew Hazewinkel, Peter Robinson, Jan Senbergs and Simon Terrill.

Piranesi at the State Library of Victoria 22 February until 6 July 
Rome: Piranesi’s vision is the largest exhibition of Piranesi’s work ever to be seen in Australia, with over 100 significant works focusing on superb prints from his ‘Vedute di Roma’.

Piranesi at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura 26 February until 30 April
A Traveller’s Dream: Piranesi and Rome  is on at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Italian Cultural Institute), South Yarra