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Gods, Myths and Mortals: Greek Treasures Across the Millennia from the Benaki Museum
MELBOURNE  •  Hellenic Museum of Melbourne  •  10 September 2014 - 10 October 2019

The exhibition: Gods, Myths and Mortals: Greek Treasures Across the Millennia from the Benaki Museum, offers a manageable, yet complete, picture of the span of Greek civilisation. 

It highlights the unbroken continuation and unity of Hellenism, from earliest prehistory to the Classical and Hellenistic years, from the Roman era to the end of the Byzantine period, and from the centuries of foreign rule up to the revolutionary revival of 1821, and the founding of the Modern Greek state. The captivating progression of Greek art, and the twists and turns of Greece’s history are narrated by representative objects from almost eight millennia, coming as much from Greece itself as from lands where Greek culture took hold. At this crossroads between Europe, Africa and Asia, man – despite long periods of unrest and insecurity – managed to maintain the essential components of his civilisation: an anthropocentric view of the world, lively and inspirational thinking and the fruitful assimilation of as many influences as were accepted from its conquerors over time. 

In the exhibition of the Benaki Museum, aspects of everyday life and different sides of religious expression are presented together with documents about the social and political organisation, in order to record the narrative that can be read within the development of Greek civilisation. 

Hellenic Museum of Melbourne Website


Hellenic Museum of Melbourne
280 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Tel: 61 3 8615 9016

No.1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016
No.1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016
No.1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016
QUEENSLAND  •  Queensland Art Gallery  •  15 October 2016 - 29 January 2017
No.1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016 presents work by artists from Papua New Guinea created from the mid-1960s, through Independence in 1975, until today. The exhibition focuses on the vibrancy of contemporary artistic expression, a direction that is unique in Australia. A key conceptual thread within 'No.1 Neighbour' is the importance of the ongoing relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea with projects profiling ongoing creative relationships between communities and individuals.

Queensland Art Gallery Website

Contact: Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct
South Bank, Brisbane
Queensland 4101, Australia
Tel: 61 (0)7 3840 7303

Henri Matisse: <EM>Draped nude (Femme nue drapée)</EM> 1936Oil paint on canvas45.7 × 37.5 cmTate: Purchased 1959© Succession H Matisse. Licensed by Viscopy, SydneyImage © Tate, London 2016
Henri Matisse: Draped nude (Femme nue drapée) 1936
Oil paint on canvas
45.7 × 37.5 cm
Tate: Purchased 1959
© Succession H Matisse. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Image © Tate, London 2016
Nude: art from the Tate collection
SYDNEY  •  Art Gallery of New South Wales  •  5 November 2016 - 5 February 2017

In a partnership between Tate, London and the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney, Nude: art from the Tate collection presents over 100 major representations of the nude, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud, Henri Matisse, Louise Bourgeois, Marlene Dumas and Sarah Lucas.

At the heart of the show lies the world’s most famous image of erotic love, Auguste Rodin’s sculpture The kiss 1901-04. Other notable works include Pierre Bonnard’s The bath 1925, Picasso’s Nude woman in a red armchair 1932, Sylvia Sleigh’s Paul Rosano reclining 1974, Ron Mueck’s Wild man 2005 and Rineke Dijkstra’s Julie, Den Haag, Netherlands, February 29 1994.

Art Gallery of New South Wales Website

Contact: Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road
The Domain, Sydney
Tel: (61) 2 9225 17 44

On the Origin of Art
HOBART TASMANIA  •  Mona, Museum of Old and New Art  •  5 November 2016 - 17 April 2017

On the Origin of Art is a new major exhibition that has invited four world-renowned scientists and evolutionary theorists to explore the universal human drivers behind why we make art.  On the Origin of Art focuses on a central question: is art adaptive? In other words, has art helped humans to survive and to procreate in some way? Has the tendency to make and appreciate art been handed down, generation by generation, through evolutionary time? In this exhibition, Steven Pinker, Brian Boyd, Geoffrey Miller and Mark Changizi, have each applied their scientific methodology to answer this central question. Each worked with Mona to curate a segment of the exhibition according to their individual theory. The result is four very different explorations, presented in the one exhibition.

On the Origin of Art comprises 234 objects from 35 countries, spanning millennia and cultures.

Mona, Museum of Old and New Art Website

Contact: Mona, Museum of Old and New Art
655 Main Road Berriedale
Hobart Tasmania 7011
Tel: 61 (3) 6277 9900

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