Colonial Masterpieces Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria

Colonial Masterpieces Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria

Article from RCA Villages' publication Evolve: Autumn 2018

Many exhibitions and events at the NGV shine the spotlight on international stars of art and fashion, or the prowess of the Old Masters.

This year, a quieter yet culturally significant exhibition opened on 15 March and runs until 15 July.

Drawing from public and private collections across the country, Colony: Australia 1770–1861 at the NGV brings together the most important examples of art and design produced during this period and surveys the key settlements and development of life and culture in the colonies.

Importantly, the exhibition acknowledges the impact of European settlement on Indigenous communities.

The exhibition includes a diverse range of media: from Indigenous cultural objects of the period, early watercolours, drawings and illustrated books, prints, paintings, sculpture and photographs to a selection of decorative arts objects, furniture, fashion and textiles, even taxidermy specimens.

This substantial exhibition will be of particular interest to Victorian audiences who have rarely seen, or had access  to, the remarkable material created  in the decades prior to the settlement  of Melbourne in 1835.

Image: from ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/current/Unknown (England)
About the artwork featured:

Thomas Watling
View of the town of Sydney in the colony of New South Wales c. 1799
oil on canvas
65.0 x 133.0 cm
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Gift of M.J.M. Carter AO through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation in recognition of the abilities of James Bennett to promote public awareness and appreciation of Asian art and culture 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program (20155P55)

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