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Monash University Collection: A Selection of Recent Acquisitions

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28 November 2007 – 22 March 2008

Curator: Geraldine Barlow

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.

Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to see a diverse range of works across a wide range of media, locations and cultural contexts, including the major 2006 work by Daniel von Sturmer, The field equation and Nick Mangan's towering yet intricate Colony (2005). Also included is a recent body of work by Tom Nicholson After Action for Another Library, a project where Nicholson photographed the title pages of hundreds of books that were donated to the East Timorese people following the recent struggle for independence.

In Gallery two, bright, luscious paintings by Kumpaya Girgirba, Angela Brennan, Dada Sampson and luminescant sculptures by Robert Owen and James Lynch offset monochromatic drawings and floor sculptures by Mira Gojak, Dennis Nona's body-scaled linocut Baidam - shark constellation (2006) and Gabriella and Silvana Mangano's enchanting video work if...so...then (2006).

Public Programs:

  • Meet the Artists @ MUMA - Saturday 16 Feb, 2008

Exhibition Resources:

Media kit.

Exhibition Catalogue:

Monash University Collection: A selection of recent acquisitions. Purchase via MUMA Shop.

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