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Explore the Monash University Collection of over 2,300 artworks by Australia’s leading contemporary artists. The Collection was established in the early 1960s and its development parallels that of the University itself, reflecting changes in Australian society and the vision of our artists. Find out more

The Monash University Collection

Celebrating 60 Years of Donors and Supporters

2021 marks the 60th year of the Monash University Collection. Since its establishment—in the year that the first students walked through Monash’s newly opened doors—this extraordinary collection has developed alongside the University itself and is widely recognised for its adventurousness and contemporaneity. Find out more

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J.G. Burnell Bequest

J.G. Burnell Bequest

In 1967, Monash received its first major bequest of art: a collection of etchings by nineteenth-century British and French Revivalists and ‘Old Masters’ such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Anthony van Dyck and Francisco Goya, gifted by John Gurner Burnell (1885–1967). Find out more

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Douglas Kagi

Douglas Kagi Study Collection

The Douglas Kagi Study Collection is a significant gift of limited-edition etchings, screenprints and lithographs by international artists spanning several decades, from 1965 to 2017. Find out more


First Languages of the Collection

Since 2016, MUMA has commissioned writing to interpret and enhance understandings of works of art held in the Monash University Collection in the first and/or ancestral languages of represented artists. We thank the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund for their generous support of the first three years of the program (2016–19), and the guest curators who provided leadership in that period: Dr Léuli Eshrāghi, Belinda Briggs and Zoe Rimmer. Read more

Laing, Rosemary - 2005.29

100 Works of the Collection

Between 2016 and 2019, MUMA commissioned short-form texts by art historians, curators and artists on 100 artworks held in the Monash University Collection. The aim was to open the Collection up to a broad range of voices and perspectives—from those who have had close contact with it over five decades, to those new to it. Read more

2014.26_Patricia Piccinini, The Gathering

Queer Readings of the Collection

‘Queer Readings of the Monash University Collection’ forms part of MUMA’s ongoing efforts to diversify writing on the Collection and launches alongside our sixtieth anniversary program in 2021. For this project, a group of invited writers and other practitioners contextualise a selection of works of art through the lenses of their experience and knowledge. Read more



With the foundation of Monash University in 1961, the first Vice Chancellor, Louis Matheson, established an annual acquisition fund for the purchase of artworks by living Australian artists. The aim of the Monash University Collection was to support culture, to embellish the new buildings and environments, and to inspire and engage students and staff through contemporary art. Read more