Menagerie is a trans-historical survey exhibition highlighting the many ways humans have, through time and art, used animals as a metaphorical means of understanding themselves.
The exhibition features iconic works by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists including Maurizio Cattelan’s quixotic labradors, Mircea Cantor’s dueling deer and wolf, Loretta Lux’s The Waiting Girl, Fischli and Weiss’s famous rat and bear; sculpture by Ricky Swallow, new drawings by Patricia Piccinini, and many more. Several significant historical paintings including William Strutt’s Eagle Hawk 1860 and the beguilingly curious Baffled, by British artist Herbert Dicksee as well as a major equine discovery, are included.
International and national artists include Maurizio Cattelan, Mircea Cantor, Joseph Beuys, Henry Coombes, Robert Gligorov, Ricky Swallow, Anastasia Klose, Caroline Tisdall, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Amelie von Wulffen, Peter Wächlter, Annika Eriksson, David Noonan, Lucy Gunning, Deborah Kelly, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Patricia Piccinini, Shannon Te Ao, Michael Parekowhai...and many more. In it’s last two weeks, MENAGERIE will be accompanied by the live art project, Farnsworth’s Republic for Dogs. Artist Anastasia Klose will turn ACCA’s north-facing forecourt into a doggy free-for-all from 16-28 February as part of the Summersalt arts festival.
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art