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Explore our Collection

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

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100 Works of the Monash University 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

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First Languages of the Monash University 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

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HISTORY OF THE COLLECTION: FROM 1961 TO NOW

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