Robert Smithson: Time Crystals

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21 July 2018 at 12:00 am – 22 September 2018 at 12:00 am
Monash Universiry Museum of Art | MUMA
Open to:
Alumni; Art, Design and Architecture; Faculty of Arts; General


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.

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.

Professor McAuliffe points to Smithson’s legacy as an artist who forever shifted the way artists think about making work. “He’s often thought of as one of the key figures in the development of so-called land art, these monumental structures out in the desert. But he also explored film, writing and publishing, lecturing, curating and sculpture – he became one of the first artists who understood himself as project-driven and would explore the medium, the location, the language and the method that was most appropriate to a particular project and strategy,” McAuliffe says.

“As the most expansive presentation of Smithson’s personal papers ever to be publicly exhibited, including a number of important unpublished writings, the exhibition will offer an extraordinary insight into the artist’s methods, processes, connections and influences.”

Exhibition dates: 21st July – 22nd September 2018

Opening function: 25th July 2018, 6 - 8pm

As always, the exhibition has free entry.