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Brook Andrew: Eye to Eye

4 April–23 July

Curator: Geraldine Barlow

Developed by MUMA in association with Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest, Sydney, and John Curtin Gallery, Perth; and touring internationally in association with Asialink to Manila, Singapore and Bangkok. For more information...

The Weight of History

15 May–22 June

Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Centre for Art and Design

Curator and text: Melissa Keys

Artists: Bashir Baraki, Helga Groves, Ian Howard, Matthew Jones, Peter Kennedy, Leah King-Smith, Bea Maddock, Sally Mannall, Arlo Mountford, Mike Parr, Julie Rrap, Peter Tyndall

Exploring the life of the history in the present, this exhibition examines the enduring influence of things past. In an age shaped by the proliferation of media and instant access to vast archives of information and images, the very substance of history weighs upon the present like never before. Drawn from the Monash University Collection, The Weight of History is as much about the vagaries of our individual and collective memory and imagination as it is about the authority and influence of canonical histories. The featured artists’ reference historical moments that range from the obscure and almost forgotten, to the iconic and momentous, grappling with the weight of the past.

Artists have often been self-conscious historical agents; explorers, miners, chroniclers, agitators and visionaries – with the production of artworks also becoming artefacts in the rich reservoir of history. For more information...

Regarding Fear and Hope

4 July–25 August

MUMA and Faculty Gallery, Faculty of Art and Design

Curator: Victoria Lynn

Artists: Yael Bartana, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Willie Doherty, David Griggs, Lucia Madriz, Tom Nicholson, r e a, Lázaro A. Saavedra-González, Sriwhana Spong, Lynette Wallworth

Regarding Fear and Hope examines two abiding emotions that are dominating the contemporary political and cultural landscape. Exploring the ways in which artists form connections with this milieu, the exhibition includes works that consider diverse identities, immigration, conflict, surveillance, and the challenging economic and political environments in which we live. For  more information...

Sigmund Freud's Collection: An Archaeology of the Mind

5 September–17 November

Developed by MUMA in association with The Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney. Sydney dates: 3 January–30 March 2008

Curator: Janine Burke

Texts: Janine Burke, Max Delany, Michael Turner, Maria-Inés Rotmiler de Zentner and Oscar Zentner

In the late 1890s while writing The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud became an art collector, developing an obsession with antiquity, beauty, myth and archaeology that lead him to amass a brilliant private museum of over two thousand statues, vases, reliefs, busts, fragments of papyrus, rings, precious stones and prints. Bringing both his passions together, Freud stated: ‘The psychoanalyst, like the archaeologist, must uncover layer after layer of the patient's psyche, before coming to the deepest, most valuable treasures.’ For the first time, Freud's antiquities will be seen in Australia at Monash University Museum of Art (September-November 2007) and University of Sydney’s Nicholson Museum (January-March 2008). Sigmund Freud’s Collection: an Archaeology of the Mind brings together objects from Sigmund Freud’s personal collection of antiquities held in the Freud Museum, London. The works − which will be presented alongside related film and photographic material, including Anna Freud’s home movies − offer a unique insight into Freud as collector, thinker and art connoisseur, and reveal how Freud’s study of art and antiquities influenced his theories of psychoanalysis. For more information...


11 September–11 October

Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Centre for Art and Design

Curator and text: Kirrily Hammond

Artists: Angela Brennan, Stephen Bush, Mira Gojak, Lizzie Hall, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Linda Marrinon, Tim McMonagle, John Nixon, Adam Pyett, Neil Roberts, Madonna Staunton, Michael Taylor, Aida Tomescu.

Whether it is the meandering line of a pen, a drip of oil paint, or a deeply etched mark, the creative process is communicated through the materials with which an artwork is made. Featuring the work of Tim McMonagle, Aida Tomescu, John Nixon, Stephen Bush and Adam Pyett among others, this exhibition explores the way in which process and materials can be central to the purpose and meaning of an artwork. For more information...

Monash University Collection: A Selection of Recent Acquisitions

28 November 2007 –22 March 2008

Curator: Geraldine Barlow

Artists: Donna Bailey, Angela Brennan, Christian Capurro, Mutlu Çerkez, Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser, Kumpaya Girgirba, Mira Gojak, Siri Hayes, Eliza Hutchison, David Jolly, James Lynch, Nick Mangan, Gabrielle Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Tim McMonagle, Arlo Mountford, Clinton Nain, Tom Nicholson, Dennis Nona, Robert Owen, Dada Samson, Daniel Von Sturmer, Michelle Ussher

Texts: Geraldine Barlow, Max Delany, Kirrily Hammond, Eliza Hutchison, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Kyla McFarlane, Arlo Mountford, Tom Nicholson, Dennis Nona

Since its foundation, Monash University has made a significant commitment to the patronage, scholarship and advancement of the visual arts, through the development of the Monash University Collection since 1961, and the establishment of the Monash University Museum of Art, which began as the Monash University Gallery in 1975. With its focus upon contemporary Australian art since the 1960s, the Monash University Collection is now one of national significance. It includes some 1500 works representing artistic practices across a wide variety of media, and displaying outstanding currency, depth and diversity and continues to resonate today.

The Monash University Collection has been characterised by a long-standing professional commitment to the development of contemporary art practice, leading to a major, forward-looking and adventurous collection of innovative and experimental works. This current exhibition presents a selection of works acquired in the past three years. Over this time, we have continued our commitment to the work of younger emerging artists, whilst also achieving ambitious acquisitions of major works by Australia’s leading artists. For more information...

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