Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings
16 June – 11 September 2016
Georgiana Houghton (1814-1884) was a Spiritualist medium who, in the 1860s and 70s, produced an astonishing series of largely abstract watercolours. Detailed explanations on the back of the works declare that her hand was guided by various spirits, including several Renaissance artists, as well as higher angelic beings. In 1871 Houghton rented a gallery in Bond Street and presented 155 of these works to an astonished London audience.
Organised in collaboration with Monash University Museum of Art.
Confusion of Tongues: Art and the Limits of Language
MA Programme Curating the Art Museum
16 June – 17 July 2016
In Utopia (1516), Thomas More imagines an apparently perfect island society in which citizens share a common language and way of life. It is a text riddled with ambiguities, paradoxes and verbal games: ‘utopia’ itself translates as both ‘no-place’ and ‘good-place’. The book has repeatedly frustrated readers’ attempts to decipher its message.Confusion of Tongues: Art and the Limits of Language brings into dialogue artists who – in ways similar to More – explore the power of language to complicate and withhold meaning. As viewers, we are invited to imagine through and beyond the spoken and written word, to think and re-think, to look and look again.
18 June – 25 September 2016
For as long as artists have created landscapes, the tree has been an essential element of them. But, intriguingly, almost from the beginning, individual trees have been the subject of close study in their own right. In many cases they serve as a means for artists to develop their powers of observation and manual dexterity as well as a tool for constructing larger landscapes.
This display of drawings, ranging from the early sixteenth to the mid nineteenth centuries, explores artists’ enduring fascination with the tree.
Future Exhibitions and Displays
Rodin & Dance: The Essence of Movement
20 October 2016 – 22 January 2017
Rodin & Dance: The Essence of Movement is the first major exhibition to explore Rodin’s fascination with dance and bodies in extreme acrobatic poses. It focuses on the series of small scale experimental sculptures known as the Dance Movements, which were found in the artist’s studio after his death. These leaping twisting figures in terracotta and plaster are presented alongside a series of remarkable drawings in which Rodin explored movement and new forms of dance. They include performers from the Royal Cambodian dance troupe that enthralled France in 1906 as well as models that posed for him in the privacy of his studio.
Organised in collaboration with the Musée Rodin, Paris.
Included in your admission ticket for The Gallery. If you wish to see this exhibition, please select a date between 20 October 2016 and 22 January 2017 when booking tickets.