Current and upcoming

Francis Upritchard

30 APRIL - 2 JULY 2016

Curator: Francis E. Parker

Borders, barriers and walls delineate this group exhibition of Australian and international artists. It reflects on how these contested and complex forms shape the world, producing situations of separation, isolation or thwarted passage across the globe. Whether they be physical constructions, psychological constructs or natural defences, the exhibition considers the forces by which these divides are either upheld or breached. Borders, Barriers, Walls features more than thirty artworks covering video, painting, photography and sculpture. The exhibition includes a new commission by Melbourne artists Amy Spiers & Catherine Ryan.

Artists: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Allora & Calzadilla, Karen Black, Gunter Christmann, Jin Chul Kyu, Guan Wei, Shilpa Gupta, Khaled Hourani, Raafat Ishak, Isaac Julien, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Kai Löffelbein, Ricky Maynard, Carlos Motta, Tony Schwensen, Amy Spiers & Catherine Ryan, Danae Stratou, Judy Watson. For more information...

Image: Sonia Leber and David Chesworth, This Is Before We Disappear From View 2014. Courtesy of the artists.


20 JULY - 10 SEPTEMBER 2016
Opening celebration: Wednesday 20 July, 6pm

Co-produced by the Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.

Limits to Growth is the first survey exhibition of Melbourne-based artist, Nicholas Mangan. With a strong research base in both history and science, Mangan's work addresses a range of themes, including the ongoing impacts of colonialism, humanity's relationship with the natural environment, contemporary consumptive cultures and the complex dynamics of the global political economy.

The exhibition brings together several key projects (the eldest dating to 2009-10) in conversation with a new commission, Limits to Growth. This latest work explores the relationship between two monetary currencies: Rai, large stone coins from the Micronesian island of Yap, and Bitcoin, a digital currency allegedly invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008.

Nicholas Mangan: Limits to Growth continues MUMA's much anticipated and celebrated annual survey exhibition series that presents the practices of Australia's most exciting and innovative mid-career artists. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated publication designed by Ziga Testen that includes newly commissioned texts by Ana Teixeira Pinto and Helen Hughes, along with an interview between the artist and Barcelona-based curators, Latitudes.

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Artists: Matthew Buckingham, Gerard Byrne, Elizabeth Price, Amie Siegel, Fiona Tan, Judy Watson

Traditionally, museums function to preserve, frame and index the world. Like cameras, they attempt to arrest beings, objects and environments into conditions of stasis. In so doing, museums also translate objects (whether artworks, ancient tools, mineral samples or taxidermy animals) into documents - official texts that evidence natural and cultural histories. They bear witness.

Life inside an Image considers the museum as an image-capturing technology, bound by its history and architecture but also subject to shifting cultural frameworks. Orbiting around Irish artist Gerard Byrne's newly commissioned work Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjneli (Film inside an Image) 2015-16, this exhibition presents a selection of recent moving-image works by contemporary Australian and international artists who have worked with collections, to disrupt old, and unearth new, narratives.

Gerard Byrne's new commission has been realised in partnership with Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Mead Gallery, Warwick University and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.