Wunderkammer: The strange and the curious
11 July – 13 September 2015
Wunderkammer: The strange and the curious is inspired by those eclectic collections of objects that first emerged in the late sixteenth century known as ‘Cabinets of curiosity’, which included natural marvels, religious relics, works of art, and antiquities, among other things. These objects were often gathered on expeditions and trading voyages, and reveal the fascinations and preoccupations of the Age of Discovery. Wunderkammern were intended to be a microcosm of the broader world and are acknowledged as Early Modern precursors to the contemporary museum.
An exhibition in two parts, the first comprises objects that embody a Medieval or Early Modern (c. 600–1800) aesthetic. It includes scientific and medical instruments, religious paraphernalia, coins, illuminated manuscripts and contemporary artworks drawn from across The University of Queensland’s collections. Represented are objects from Fryer Library, Marks-Hirschfeld Museum of Medical History, Physics Museum, RD Milns Antiquities Museum, UQ Archives, UQ Art Collection, and the Vertebrate Palaeontology & Biomechanics Lab.
Complementing this is a Wunderkammer conceived by Her Divine Holiness Pope Alice, AKA Luke Roberts. Pope Alice, who has proclaimed herself ‘The World's Greatest Living Curiosity’, overturns cultural hierarchies and celebrates the weird and the wonderful in all its abundance. This Wunderkammer collection is held in the UQ Art Collection.
Wunderkammer: The strange and the curious is organised to coincide with the Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS) 10th Biennial Conference to be held at The University of Queensland (14–18 and 20 July 2015).
Co-curators: Dr Dolly MacKinnon, Emily Poore and Michele Helmrich
Artist and curator tour
Thursday 27 August 12.30 pm
Please join co-curators Emily Poore and Michele Helmrich on a tour of the exhibition. Free. All welcome.
25 July – 1 November 2015
Capital and country: the Federation years 1900–1914 celebrates the art of the newly federated Australia alongside the work of Australians working in Europe during these formative years of the new century. The paintings by 25 Australian artists invite viewers on a journey through the era and around the world, from patriotic visions of the Australian bush to the bohemian enclaves of London and Paris where sumptuous portraits were produced. Well-known and loved works in the national collection by Frederick McCubbin, George W. Lambert and Hans Heysen are brought to light in new ways alongside lesser-known images by Florence Fuller, R. Godfrey Rivers and Richard Hayley-Lever.
Learn more about the exhibition on the National Gallery of Australia website here
Lunchtime music program: 12.00pm – 2.00pm, daily until Sunday 1 November
We invite you to enjoy our first lunchtime music program. You are welcome to bring your lunch, and listen to the playlist in the foyer, but please do not take any food or drink out of the foyer. Curated by UQ Music student, Ben Heim, this playlist seeks to mirror the artistic output that is representative of the period between 1900 and 1914, within a musical aesthetic.
Sunday 20 September 11.00 am – 1.30 pm
In association with the National Gallery of Australia exhibition Capital and country: the Federation years 1900–1914, please join us for a Sunday program of music and art.
Concert: Tinalley String Quartet 11.00 am – 12.00 pm
The Tinalley String Quartet has rapidly achieved recognition as one of the most exciting quartets, not only in their home of Australia but also on the world stage. The ensemble brings together four experienced musicians: Adam Chalabi, violin; Lerida Delbridge, violin; Justin Williams, viola; and Michelle Wood, cello.
Seating is limited. RSVP here
Curator tour: Lara Nicholls 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm
Please join Lara Nicholls, Assistant Curator, Australian Paintings and Sculpture, National Gallery of Australia, on a tour of the exhibition.
Free. All welcome.
Wednesday 23 September 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Panel discussion: Living with dementia
During Dementia Awareness Month, and in association with our pilot 'Art and Dementia' program, please join author and early onset dementia sufferer Christine Bryden, Professor Elizabeth Coulson, Queensland Brain Institute, UQ and A/Professor Christine Brown Wilson, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, UQ, in a conversation about ageing dementia, which is one of Australia's most pressing health problems.
Free. All welcome.
Afternoon tea served following the discussion.
Friday 31 July 6.15 for 6.30 pm
Dr Deborah Hart
Senior Curator of Australian paintings and sculpture, post 1920
National Gallery of Australia
- National Gallery of Australia (NGA) primary education resource available here
- NGA children’s trail activity available here
- NGA children’s trail timeline available here
A National Gallery of Australia Travelling Exhibition
Supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government Program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of cultural material across Australia, and the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians. The exhibition is also supported by Media Partner ABC Local Radio.
15 August – 15 November 2015
This exhibition considers the work of contemporary artists who employ light and related technologies, and examines their practice in relation to artistic precedents. Historically, artists invoked light’s symbolic power and, from the late-19th century, explored its fleeting optical effects. In the 1920s and 1930s László Moholy-Nagy and his contemporaries equated electric light with Modernist ideals while, in the 1960s and 1970s, Minimalist and Conceptual artists, including Dan Flavin and Bruce Nauman, experimented with fluorescence. Light play, which coincides with the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, features artworks by artists who use light as a medium in its own right, to create their work or its effects, or to explore socio-political concerns.
Curator: Samantha Littley
Friday 14 August 6.15 for 6.30 pm
to be opened by
Associate Professor Joan Leach
School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
The University of Queensland
Panel discussion, Wednesday 16 September 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Please join exhibition curator Samantha Littley as she leads a conversation about light, art and science with exhibiting artists Sam Cranstoun, Marian Drew, and Carl Warner, and Dr Margaret Wegener, Lecturer, UQ Physics.
Free. All welcome.
Curator tour, Friday 14 August 5.00 pm – 6.00pm
Before the opening, please join curator Samantha Littley on a tour of the exhibition, followed by live soundscape performance of new composition by Ben Heim, UQ School of Music.
Free. All welcome.