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UQ Art Museum, Brisbane: 10 March – 8 July 2018

MUMA | Monash University Museum of Art: 21 July – 22 September 2018

Guest curators: Dr Amelia Barikin (The University of Queensland) and Professor Chris McAuliffe (Australian National University)

Robert Smithson: Time Crystals is the first exhibition in Australia dedicated to the work of American artist Robert Smithson (1938–1973). Best known for his radical land art of the 1960s and early 1970s, Smithson is now widely recognised as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Inspired by ideas of crystalline geometry and non-biological time, he redefined abstraction and challenged art history, declaring that ‘Nature gives way to the incalculable cycles of nonduration.’

Featuring new research on the artist’s practice, Time Crystals presents sculpture, photography, film, drawings and texts borrowed from major Australian and international collections. It also includes the most extensive display of Smithson’s manuscript and archival material to date drawn from the Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt Papers at the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art.

This exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. It has been developed in cooperation with the Holt-Smithson Foundation.

Robert Smithson: Time Crystals is a partnership between The University of Queensland Art Museum and Monash University Museum of Art.

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Robert Smithson
Yucatan mirror displacements (1–9) 1969 (detail)
nine chromogenic prints from 35 mm slides
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Photo: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation / Art Resource, NY
© Holt-Smithson Foundation/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy, 2017.

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